Derek Dean, horticulture graduate student, screens spinach germplasm for disease resistance in a vertical hydroponics system as part of a collaboration with Bowery Farming. (U of A System Division of Ag photo by Fred Miller.)

Researchers with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station are using a new vertical farming system to find spinach varieties that have resistance to a challenging root disease in hydroponic systems.

The research is in collaboration with Bowery Farming as part of an effort to develop spinach that is resistant to Pythium. Bowery Farming states it is the largest vertical farming company in the United States in terms of retail footprint.

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