For saving space and soil, this method also has several
other benefits, including no soil-borne diseases, no
weeds to pull and no soil to till, run-of-the-mill side
benefits of soil-less gardening.

Large Scale Integration of Aeroponics

In 2006, the [Ag University of Hanoi Vietnam] in joint efforts with Stoner established the postgraduate doctoral program in aeroponics.

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Aeroponic Graduate Program: Hanoi Agricultural University, Hanoi Vietnam

The university's Agrobiotech Research Center, under the direction of [Dr. N. Thach], is using aeroponic laboratories to advance Vietnam's minituber potato production for certified seed potato production.

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Aeroponic potato explants on day 3 after insertion in the aeroponic system at the Hanoi Ag University, Hanoi Vietnam 2006

The historical sigfnicants for aeroponics - its the first time a nation has specifically called out for aeroponics to further an agricultural sector, stimulate farm economic goals, meet increased demands, improve food quality and increase production.

Potatoes are one of the world's top foods containing a high level of protein. "We have shown that aeroponics, more than any other form of agricultural technology, will significantly improve Vietnam's potato production. We have very little tillable land, aeroponics makes complete economic sense to us”, attested Thach.

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Aeroponic greenhouse for potato minituber product Hanoi Ag University, Hanoi Vietnam - April 2006

Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in January 2007. The impact of aeroponics in Vietnam will be felt at the farm level.

Aeroponic integration in Vietnam agriculture will begin by producing a low cost certified disease-free organic minitubers. Which in turn will be supplied to local farmers for their field plantings of seed potatoes and commercial potatoes. Potato farmers will benefit from aeroponics because their seed potatoes will be disease-free and grown without pesticides. Most importantly for the Vietnamese farmer, it will lower their cost of operation and increase their yields, says Thach.

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