Hydroponics Technology

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Dr. Dinkar J. Gaikwad

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Course Name : Hydroponics Technology

Code(Credit) : (2-2-0)

Course Description

Type of course:

Certificate Course: (Theory + Practice)

Eligibility: 10th/12th/ ITI pass

Prerequisite: Participants should have some idea about raising crops/ herbs in pots/backyard.

Duration of the course: 

Theory: 1 hour per week (Total: 25 Classes)

Practical: 50 hours (Practice is to be done in campus)

Key highlights:

Faculty name: Dr. Dinkar J. Gaikwad

Participants will get certificate from university after successful completion of the course.

Job opportunities: Participants can get job as farm manager/technician at hydroponics farms

Participants can develop their own hydroponics farm as the course has enough potential for entrepreneurship

Contact with industry person:

Course Objectives

To provide practical knowledge and to develop a sound understanding of  hydroponics technology

To impart knowledge on raising crops in hydroponics sustainably

Learning Outcomes

Gaining knowledge on hydroponics technology

Successful raising of crops under hydroponics system

Syllabus

Module 1: Pre-requisites for hydroponics technology

Introduction, Scope and Importance of Hydroponics technology 

Plant Growth Requirements, Importance of light, temperature and humidity 

Nutrient requirements, deficiencies and toxicities 

Plant structure, photosynthesis, characteristics of different root‐zone factors and their application 

Hydroponic Growing Systems ‑ basic concepts and designs, Nutrient film technique 

Deep water culture, Ebb & Flow 

Other Techniques ‑ wick systems, drip and aeroponics, etc. 

Familiarize with the electrical equipment available in a hydroponic unit 

Module 2: Sowing and crop establishment in hydroponics

Growing Media ‑ types, properties, uses 

Identify the crops and their suitability to hydroponics system 

Seeding and establishment 

Module 3: Crop management and harvesting in hydroponics system

Assess water quality, principal factors involving EC and pH 

Nutrient management 

Monitoring of plant health, hydroponic environment, nutrient solution, perform routine maintenance checks 

Common pests and diseases, IPM and implementations of bio‐controls to control common greenhouse pests 

Familiarize with the maturity indices harvest and post harvesting 

Video: Overview on course outline

References

1. Hydroponics: A Step-By-Step Hydroponic Gardening Guide to Grow Fruit, Vegetables, and Herbs at Home by Andy Jacobson

2. How To Hydroponics 4th Edition by Keith Roberto

3. Hydroponics: A Practical Guide for the Soilless Grower (2nd Edition), by Dr. J. Benton Jones

4. Commercial Hydroponics by John Mason

Session Plan

Module 1: Pre-requisites for hydroponics technology

Session 1

Session 2

Plant Growth Requirements, Importance of light, temperature and humidity

Slide 2: Plant Growth Requirements

Video 2: Plant Growth Requirements

Session 3

Session 4

Assignment I

Session 5

Session 6

Session 7

Other Techniques ‑ wick systems, drip and aeroponics

Slide 7: Wick systems, drip and aeroponics

Video 7: Wick systems, drip and aeroponics

Session 8

Internal test  

Practical test #1

Module 2: Sowing and crop establishment in hydroponics

Session 9

Session 10

Session 11

Seeding and establishment

Slide 11: Seeding and establishment

Video 11: Seeding and establishment

Assignment II

Module 3: Crop management and harvesting in hydroponics system

Session 12

Session 13

Session 14

Monitoring of plant health in hydroponic environment

Slide 14: Monitoring of plant health in hydroponic environment

Video 14: Monitoring of plant health in hydroponic environment

Session 15

Common pests and diseases, IPM and implementations of bio‐controls to control common greenhouse pests

Slide 15: Common pests and diseases

Video 15: Common pests and diseases

Session 16

Practical test #2

Final examination

Our Main Teachers

Dr. Dinkar J. Gaikwad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Physiology, M.S. Swaminathan School of Agriculture, Paralakhemundi Campus, Centurion University of Technology and Management Odisha, India. He has completed his Under Graduation (UG) in Bachelor in Horticulture from MPKV Rahuri (Maharashtra), Post Graduation in Plant Physiology from BCKV Mohanpur (West Bengal). His […]