Hydroponics is recognised as an important research tool. It has particular advantages where various controls are needed such as, the pharmaceutical industry and other areas of research where a clean root system is required for instance. Also by having more control means that growers are able to produce a higher quality crop. The worry about soil borne pests and diseases are reduced dramatically and weeding is considered a thing of the past. The rapid harvests and the higher yields are some of the reasons why commercial growers use these methods; in addition to the fact that it is often the only way to make it viable.
In progressive forward thinking countries throughout the world, the industry has increased from $25 million in 1990 to $1.3 billion plug plus in 2013, according to Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses. It would seem that this is only set to continue as it is helping to develop areas and opening up more opportunities.
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