Vertical Farming

Feeding the Future

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology
  • Research theme: Sustainable Futures
  • School: School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences


With growing populations and climate change, sustainable agriculture is more important than ever. And because around 70% of the UK's fruit and vegetables come from the EU, our food systems will have to undergo some major restructuring after Brexit. We are researching how to improve yields and use resources efficiently. New urban farming systems can provide fresh, safe, and nutritious food all year round. We will see a whole host of benefits, from community wellbeing to local employment.

Addressing the Challenge

Food security demands a radical rethink of agriculture

We have developed two vertical farming showcases. Using cutting-edge technology like precision control systems and advanced lighting, we can optimise crop production and quality.

A number of funders see the huge potential of our work. We've received support from Innovate UK, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Chinese government, and industry organisations.

Commercialise urban farming systems

Communities can feel confident that their food production is safe, efficient and sustainable.


Collaborative answers to a global problem

With his expertise in sustainable agriculture, nutrient use and plant genomics, Professor Chungui Lu leads the work. We are collaborating with:

  • CambridgeHOK
  • Growing Underground
  • Saturn Bioponics
  • Nottingham City Council
  • University of Nottingham
  • Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China)

From the UK to China, our research is already helping many countries

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