Project Lead(s): Schery Umanzor
The “Sustainable Aquatic Agriculture for Lakes” project, of Grupo Cabal in Nicaragua and the Univesrity of Costa Rica in Costa Rica, will test technologies to cultivate aquatic plants and horticultural and grain crops on floatation, contributing to increase food production without spending fresh water beyond what normally evaporates from lakes.
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In Costa Rica, healthy horticultural crops grow on a floating dome with zero bio-stressor control, a prototype for sustainable aquatic agriculture on freshwater bodies. Photo credit: Dr. Ricardo Radulovich
Cucumber and cantaloupe plants are grown on a raft in Costa Rica as part of a prototype for aquatic agriculture, which could increase food production without using freshwater beyond what normally evaporates from lakes. Photo credit: Dr. Ricardo Radulovich
Purslane plants one month after being transplanted to a floating condition with roots fully immersed in water. Photo credit: Dr. Ricardo Radulovich
A floating metal dome with horticulture crops, a prototype for sustainable aquatic agriculture on freshwater bodies. Photo credit: Dr. Ricardo Radulovich
Tomato plants growing on a raft at sea in Costa Rica, part of preliminary work to create sustainable aquatic agriculture on lakes in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Photo credit: Dr. Ricardo Radulovich