Cultivating Chamber Patents (Class 47/60)
  • Patent number: 9545059
    Abstract: An environmentally controlled greenhouse and integrated automated grow system that is designed to utilize self-sustainable sources of nutrient/fertilizers or any water-soluble fertilizer/nutrient and capable of producing a wide variety of organic crops concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventors: Richard Sutton DeMerchant, Jr., Jeffrey Curtis DeMerchant
  • Patent number: 9426949
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the disclosed technology may include systems and apparatus for extracting and delivering nutrients from biomass for plant growth. In an example implementation, an apparatus is provided for supporting a multi-level system for extracting and distributing nutrients from biomass for plant growth, the apparatus includes two or more support structures. Each support structure includes two or more vertical strength members disposed substantially vertically on opposing sides of a corrugated base cylinder and are stabilized by at least one corrugations associated with the base cylinder. The apparatus includes two or more horizontal retaining members in communication with the respective two or more vertical strength members and operable to secure the two or more vertical strength members against the base cylinder. The apparatus also includes one or more upper troughs supported by the two or more support structures and disposed in a substantially horizontal position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: David A. Epstein, Kenneth W. Lovell
  • Patent number: 9357718
    Abstract: A shell with a controllable indoor climate. The shell may house plants, such as produce, for farming purposes. The shell may be made of scalable structurally insulated panels. Within the shell may be trays for facilitating the growth of the plants. Lighting, climate, and nutrients may be controlled for the proper growth of the plants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventors: Filomena Lori Lehman, Estelle Y. Stambaugh, Americo J. Rosato
  • Patent number: 9357715
    Abstract: A self contained decorative planter for cultivating and displaying plants that comprises; a power supply, a hollow structure for accepting plants oriented with the root or base of the plant facing the inside of the structure, a reservoir in contact with an ultrasonic transducer for producing a water or nutrient vapor to distribute throughout the inside of the hollow structure, and a lighting system in which light is directed towards the outside surface of the structure. The hollow structure may take on wide range of decorative shapes with plants artistically arranged throughout with the leaf or flower portions oriented outward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Brian Cottrell
  • Patent number: 9078404
    Abstract: An automatic agricultural cultivating equipment includes a supporting unit, a rotating unit, a driving unit, a loading unit, an operating unit, and a supply unit. The rotating unit is driven by the driving unit to rotate on the supporting unit about a vertical axis, and defines an operation region and a cultivation region. The loading unit includes a plurality of loading plates disposed on the rotating unit and in the cultivation region. The supply unit is disposed on the rotating unit for supplying water and light to the loading unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Chun-Neng Chung
  • Patent number: 8984807
    Abstract: A system for growing plants without soil uses removable V-shaped baskets to support plants in a tiered, self-contained unit. Nutrient enriched water is sprayed on the plant roots. The roots are held by perforations in the elongated V-shaped basket and a plant blanket. The unit is multilevel and can be set over an aquarium. The growing shelf can have a worm bag in order to add natural nutrients. Baskets can be comprised of a pair of identical halves that can be readily mutually coupled. Coupling mechanisms can include those that snap together and those providing for a pivoting coupling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Karen Hansen, Jeffrey Laurence Harlan
  • Patent number: 8938911
    Abstract: A device for sprouting includes an element (1; 101; 201) with opposing first and second openings (2, 7; 102, 7; 202, 7), a water and air-permeable material layer (15; 215), wherein the material layer (15; 215) can be removably mounted on the element (1; 101; 201) so that it covers the first opening (2; 102; 202) of the element (1; 101; 201). The device is characterized in that the element (1; 101; 201) is shell-shaped and extends continuously between the first and second openings (2, 7; 102, 7; 202, 7), and the second opening (7) can be closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Tina Schuler
  • Patent number: 8910419
    Abstract: A growing chamber for irrigating, draining, lighting, heating or cooling plants that executes a schedule for at least one of the watering, lighting or heating or cooling to ensure that the chamber does not overload an electrical connection for at least one of 120 Volts or 240 Volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: All Season Greens, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Oberst
  • Patent number: 8887439
    Abstract: A method for cultivating one or more plants in an apparatus which has at least one first chamber and at least one second chamber which are separated from one another by a first partition wall, wherein the first partition wall has one or more communication openings which connect the inner space of the first chamber to the inner space of the second chamber, wherein the method includes the step that the plant and/or the first partition wall are displaced so that an area of the plant which was initially located in the second chamber is located in the first chamber after the displacement of the plant and/or of the first partition wall, and/or wherein the method includes the step that the plant is offset relative to the apparatus such that a region of the plant which was initially not located in the second chamber is located in the second chamber after the displacement of the plant relative to the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Horticoop B.V.
    Inventors: Kamal Daas, Talal Daas, Peter Van Der Drift
  • Patent number: 8869447
    Abstract: A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Philip N. Benfey, Richard W. Twigg, III, Robert L. Clark, Jr., Scott Joseph Kennedy, Gregory Kealoha Fricke
  • Patent number: 8850742
    Abstract: A system (1) for modulating growth or attributes of at least one part (2) of one or more plants comprising chlorophyll is disclosed. The system (1) comprises at least one light emitting device (3), such as a light emitting diode (LED), for irradiating the at least one part (2), at least one light sensor (4) for picking up light from the at least one part (2), communication capabilities (5) for facilitating communication between the at least one light sensor (4), the at least one light emitting device, and a processor (6). The processor (6) reads data from the at least one light sensor (4) via the communication capabilities (5), generates a control signal based on the data and a reference, and then controls, based on the control signal, the at least one light emitting device (3) via the communication capabilities in order to modulate plant growth or plant attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Heliospectra AB
    Inventor: Sylvain Dubé
  • Publication number: 20140259908
    Abstract: A modular hydroponic growth system and method for applying the system having a central nutrient solution and nutrient reservoir that feeds nutrient solution and nutrients to one or more growth modules. A wall of the growth module is adapted to be removed to allow unimpeded access along a side of the box whereby trays may be inserted and removed without raising the bottom of the tray higher than required to clear an interior bottom surface of a cultivation chamber growth module. An additional germination compartment of the growth module supports simultaneous germination of seeds while another growth compartment of a same box supports growth in a second vessel, whereby ambient light is received by plants in the second vessel. An optional light filter screen provides varying filtering of the second vessel by selectively positioning a unified screen having two or more sections of varying strengths of light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: NICHOLAS HALMOS, Quentin Lindh, Alexis Walker
  • Patent number: 8627598
    Abstract: An apparatus for growing and harvesting a tangled mass composed of sprouted seed grain includes a plurality of overlying immobile, substantially planar surfaces having a length. Each surface is configured to receive a layer of seed grain that is permitted to grow for a predetermined period of time on each surface, the layer of seed grain becoming a continuous tangled mass of sprouted seed grain. An extraction device removes the mass from each surface. A cleaning device removes debris from each surface prior to each surface receiving a subsequent layer of seed grain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sprouting Works, LLC
    Inventors: Dennis Souder, Ivan W. Martin
  • Patent number: 8590207
    Abstract: A solar gardening system includes a cultivation box; an LED lamp assembly for illuminating the cultivation box; and a power source including a photovoltaic system including a plurality of solar modules electrically connected together, a controller electrically connected to the solar modules, and a rechargeable battery electrically connected to the controller wherein the controller is configured to cause the rechargeable battery to supply electricity to the LED lamp assembly. The LED lamp as light source for plant growth can save energy and prolong lifecycle. Further, the LED lamp can emit monochrome with narrow wavelength. Moreover, the number of LED lamps can be increased or decreased depending on growth seasons so as to provide sufficient illumination to plants being grown. Thus, plants can be well grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Hsiao-Ling Shih
  • Publication number: 20130305603
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to an automatic hydroponic cloning apparatus, more particularly to an automatic hydroponic cloning apparatus to provide a thin mist for watering the roots of plants. In one example embodiment, the automatic hydroponic cloning apparatus is configured to: circulate mist to provide humidity to the leaves of plants, to control water temperature, to control humidity levels, to be notified of low water levels, and to measure pH levels of the water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Sidney S. Azoulay
  • Patent number: 8544208
    Abstract: A plant culture apparatus includes: a culture container including a transparent surrounding wall, a top opening, and a cover to close the top opening; a liquid culture medium disposed inside the culture container and having a liquid surface distal from the cover; a plant support fixed inside the culture container; a plant supported by the plant support; and a solid culture medium disposed within the culture container above the liquid surface. The solid culture medium is dissolvable in the liquid culture medium when the liquid culture medium is caused to contact the solid culture medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Yii-Feng Huang
  • Publication number: 20130145688
    Abstract: A plant cultivation method of the present invention includes the steps of: placing a plant under a condition at a pressure of not less than 1.5 atmospheres and not more than 10 atmospheres; and cultivating the plant. A plant cultivation device (1) includes: a cultivation chamber (10); and a compressor (20) which supplies compressed air into the cultivation chamber. A carry-in opening (30), which is provided on a side wall (16) of the cultivation chamber (10) so that a material is carried in/out to/from the cultivation chamber (10) via the carry-in opening (30), is provided with a cover (31) which has a shape that is hemispherical and protrudes toward an inside of the cultivation chamber (10). The cover (31) closes the carry-in opening (30) by being in contact, via a packing (32), with an inner surface of the side wall (16) surrounding the carry-in opening (30).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicants: OSAKA UNIVERSITY, SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Naoyuki Tatsumi, Hiroshi Fuji, Fumiteru Akamatsu, Akio Kobayashi, Shuji Kurimoto, Yoshito Suda, Kazuhito Fujiyama, Atsushi Okazawa, Kazumasa Hirata, Kazuo Harada, Takashi Machimura, Satoru Kato, Jun Hayashi
  • Publication number: 20130133259
    Abstract: A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Applicant: Grassroots Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventor: Grassroots Biotechnology, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8443546
    Abstract: A hydroponic plant growing system including a housing divided into a growing chamber and a fragrance masking manifold by an electrical control panel having spaced holes formed therethrough which permits air flow between the growing chamber and the fragrance masking manifold. A water reservoir is defined between a reservoir top panel and a bottom panel of the housing, the top panel having spaced plant basket collars adapted to support a plant cup to position plant roots in reservoir and to position plant vegetation within the growing chamber. Air discharge tubes in the growing chamber discharge ambient air into the growing chamber by a fan to circulate air through the growing chamber into the fragrance masking manifold where a fragrance source masks odors before the air is discharged back to ambient. An irrigation pump dispenses water into each plant cup, excess water drained back into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventor: Raymond J. Darin
  • Patent number: 8407935
    Abstract: The present device is a structure for growing plants on a ground surface. The structure includes an elongated concrete slab having a raised curb on each side. A roof is fixed with the upper edge of each curb. A front end panel and a rear end panel are fixed between the roof, the curbs and the slab creating an interior space. An irrigation system and lamps extend along the length of the slab to irrigate and illuminate a top surface of the slab. At least one heating pipe is within each slab to heat the slab and the plants within the structure. Plant seeds may be scattered on the top surface of the slab and are irrigated based on a timed schedule by the irrigation system and illuminated by the lamps to grow the plants. The end panels are removed for harvesting the plants once the plants have grown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventors: Terry Colless, Flavio Raccanello
  • Publication number: 20130014435
    Abstract: A system for growing plants without soil uses removable V-shaped baskets to support plants in a tiered, self-contained unit. Nutrient enriched water is sprayed on the plant roots. The roots are held by perforations in the elongated V-shaped basket and a plant blanket. The unit is multilevel and can be set over an aquarium. The growing shelf can have a worm bag in order to add natural nutrients. Baskets can be comprised of a pair of identical halves that can be readily mutually coupled. Coupling mechanisms can include those that snap together and those providing for a pivoting coupling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: Karen Hansen, Jeffrey Laurence Harlan
  • Patent number: 8327580
    Abstract: In a germination/growing apparatus having: a heat shield chamber that can be opened and closed; an illuminator for illuminating the inside of the heat shield chamber; a temperature regulator for heating and/or cooling the inside of the heat shield chamber; and a controller for controlling the temperature regulator, whereby seeds or plants are contained in the germination/growing apparatus for germinating or growing in the heat shield chamber, a breath inspirer for inspiring a human breath to the heat shield chamber is provided. With this configuration, the concentration of the carbon dioxide in the heat shield chamber can be increased, and the growth of the plant can be promoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Elm Inc.
    Inventor: Takakazu Miyahara
  • Patent number: 8312673
    Abstract: A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: GrassRoots Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip N. Benfey, Richard W Twigg, III, Robert L. Clark, Jr., Scott Joseph Kennedy, Gregory Kealoha Fricke
  • Publication number: 20120279122
    Abstract: Plants are grown in a growing machine by advancing a plurality of plant cradles on an endless conveyor along a growing path, at least a portion of the path being an undulating path having alternating upward and downward portions and having a return portion for looping back to the undulating portion. Using a pair of parallel endless conveyors, the cradles are removably supported between the conveyors. The cradles are supplied with growth-sustaining liquid and growth-promoting light. The cradles are advanced along the path until the one or more plants have reached a target growth after which they can be harvested or transferred to one or more subsequent machines until mature for harvest. The machine can be in a controlled environment, including located in modules arranged in series, parallel or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: NON-INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURE, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob BENNE, Daniel MEIKLEHAM
  • Patent number: 8291639
    Abstract: A growing unit includes a tub onto which may be received a lid that receives a plurality of plant cuttings. The plant cuttings are received such that the roots extend into a cavity defined by the tub. A pump unit and production manifold distributes nutrient solution as a mist into the tub cavity, thereby feeding the plant cuttings. The tub unit has an external fan module that forces air into the tub cavity. A recess in the outer surface of the tub extends underneath the tub. The recess directs air from the fan module to the base of the tub where a well receives the pump. Air circulating around the well removes heat produced by the pump from the growing unit and helps maintain a desired temperature within the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: S and E Properties, Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Gardner, Darin Allison
  • Publication number: 20120192487
    Abstract: A nutriculture system enables the circulation of a nutrient solution while preventing the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria and can promote the growth of plants effectively and steadily while preventing the change in components of the nutrient solution. A water treatment apparatus for sterilization and purification purposes is compact in size. Specifically, the nutriculture system can circulate a culture solution, which is a liquid fertilizer, between a nutrient solution tank and a culture bed. The water treatment apparatus is disposed between the nutrient solution tank and the culture bed, sterilizes and purifies only the culture solution that flows through the culture bed and includes a unit having an ozone supply function for supplying ozone to the culture solution, an ultraviolet ray irradiation function for irradiating the culture solution with ultraviolet rays, and a photocatalyst-acting function for allowing a photocatalyst to act.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Toshiharu Tanaka, Katsuhisa Yata
  • Publication number: 20120186152
    Abstract: A plant culture apparatus includes: a culture container including a transparent surrounding wall, a top opening, and a cover to close the top opening; a liquid culture medium disposed inside the culture container and having a liquid surface distal from the cover; a plant support fixed inside the culture container; a plant supported by the plant support; and a solid culture medium disposed within the culture container above the liquid surface. The solid culture medium is dissolvable in the liquid culture medium when the liquid culture medium is caused to contact the solid culture medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Yii-Feng HUANG
  • Publication number: 20120186153
    Abstract: In accordance with exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure comprises a device, system and methods for water and/or nutrient-efficient hydroponic gardening. In accordance with exemplary embodiments, the device comprises a grow cup which allows plants to develop and grow roots in one or more of a hydrozone, an aerozone, and a biozone. A system in accordance with exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure comprises a grow cup within a tray. Exemplary methods of enhanced hydroponic gardening comprise providing a grow cup, adding one or more grow media to each of a hydrozone, an aerozone, and a biozone within the grow cup, submersing the hydrozone in a highly oxygenated water and/or nutrient solution, and planting a plant in the biozone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicant: American Agritech, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Treg Bradley
  • Publication number: 20120151838
    Abstract: A receptacle for growing a plant or plants by submerging the roots in a solution. The receptacle is novel and useful yet unobvious because it employs a unique method for verifying the solution level via a transparent section or sections which is more rapid, leak free, and preventative of microorganism growth, yet, permits for the necessary aeration and evaporation control. The remainder of the receptacle is opaque to prevent an undesirable amount of light from penetrating the receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Inventor: Edward Mattson
  • Publication number: 20120117869
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system of culturing and harvesting floating aquatic species with high growth rates. Also disclosed is a method of culturing and harvesting floating aquatic species using such a system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Applicant: PA LLC
    Inventors: Adam Javan, William Grieco, Hector Cumba, Harvey Weaver, Brian Lovas
  • Patent number: 8151517
    Abstract: It is intended to provide a plant growth system wherein light sources are located close to plants so as to efficiently ensure a sufficient amount of light for the plants to grow and simultaneously ensure air flow, thereby providing a favorable growth environment for the plants. In a plant growth chamber, there are provided multiple shelf parts for irradiating the plants with light for the growth, a cover surrounding the light sources wherein multiple ventilation bores are formed on a plant-facing face of a transparent light-permeable wall, an air inlet that opens in the space within the cover for sucking the air in the space, and a circulation channel that cools down the air sucked through the air inlet and blows out the sucked air into the plant growth chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Fairy Plant Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Emoto
  • Publication number: 20120079765
    Abstract: Described is a hydroponic growing system with increased accessibility. The hydroponic growing system comprises a chamber having support posts extending vertically from the top of the chamber to the bottom of the chamber, such that the support posts are attached with the top of the chamber and the bottom of the chamber. A plurality of racks having two ends is mounted perpendicular to the support posts. The plurality of racks extend toward the two sides of the chamber without contacting the two sides of the chamber, such that a space exists between each end of each rack and each side of the chamber. The space allows a user to easily access components of the hydroponic growing system for cleaning and repairs. The hydroponic growing system also comprises a plurality of irrigation pipes and a plurality of removable trays for growing plants.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Bell
  • Patent number: 8091279
    Abstract: A multi container system of at least one each of the first container, and at least one second and at least one third container, each of which has a chamber therein. The first container has a water retaining chamber with water input and water output as well as a water self leveling means. The second container has a water transfer chamber in which a wicking tray loaded with a wicking medium is placed, preferably on a drainage tray, said medium being used to transfer the water to the plants disposed in a third container's plant receiving chamber. The container #3 nests within the water transfer chamber of container #2, to receive water therefrom by capillary action. Container #1 is fluidly connected to a first container #2 for water transfer, and a series of containers #2 may be linked, as space limitations and grade permit, or as may be desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Donald J. Stewart
  • Publication number: 20120003728
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of algae biofuel production, in particular to methods and means of physical action on biological structures of photosynthesing microorganisms, phototrophic algae in particular. The invention can be used for obtaining biofuel from algae, as well as for the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and foodstuff industries. In the process of the method implementation radiation of cultivated solution of photosynthesizing microorganisms/phototrophical algae is carried out by the action of electromagnetic waves of a selected intensity. Stimulation of increasing photosynthesizing microorganisms/phototrophical algae biomass is obtained by the interaction of electromagnetic wave and biological cell. Irradiation of cultivated solution of photosynthesizing microorganisms/phototrophical algae is performed by electromagnetic waves originating from specified sensor mechanisms mounted about the acrylic or plastic-based stackable tubular bioreactor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventors: Mark Allen Lanoue, Janek Kaliczak
  • Publication number: 20120000126
    Abstract: A micro-algae growing method employs a greenhouse having a transparent, double-pane roof structure and containing an open-top receptacle for a bed of aqueous micro-algae medium, which roof structure and receptacle are substantially coextensive and rectangular. A series of remotely controllable nozzles, capable of producing thin, sheet-like discharges, withdraw the aqueous liquid medium from subsurface regions along the length of the bed and discharge it into the overlying space, thus optimally exposing the medium to solar radiation passing through the roof structure and thereby promoting micro-algae growth. Ambient air, heated during passage through channels in the transparent roof structure, is used in a second greenhouse for lofting small droplets that comprise sprays of the concentrated micro-algae medium received from the first greenhouse, thus promoting evaporation of free water and cooperating in harvesting of micro-algae product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: January 5, 2012
    Inventor: William Arthur Walsh, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110283612
    Abstract: A plant cultivating apparatus comprises a base, a peripheral wall surrounding the base to define a cultivating volume or cultivating reservoir for plant cultivation, and connecting means for connecting the peripheral wall of the apparatus to the peripheral wall of an adjacent cultivating apparatus. This apparatus provides a green roof solution by a relatively simple arrangement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: Law, Kwok-Kei
    Inventors: Kwok-Kei Law, Sau Kin Selin Lee
  • Patent number: 8051602
    Abstract: System for conditioning crops e.g. in a greenhouse, comprising climate control means which are arranged for providing a local microclimate area around the relevant crop, which climate control means comprising first means at a first location close to the crop, which are arranged for local humidification and simultaneous cooling or heating the local microclimate area, as well as second means at a second location close to the crop, which are arranged for dehumidification and simultaneous cooling or heating the local microclimate area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Nederlandse Organisatie Voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO
    Inventors: Luciënne Jozefina Wilhelmina Maria Krosse, Nicolaas Richardus Bootsveld
  • Publication number: 20110239537
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hydroponics multi box and a glass house having the same, wherein the hydroponics multi box includes a bottom surface in the rectangular shape formed of first to fourth sides, inclined at a predetermined angle from the first side towards the second side, and formed with a drain hole adjacent to the second side, first to fourth side surfaces folded and extended upward from the respective sides of the bottom surface, and an opened top surface part inclined at a predetermined angle corresponding to the inclination of the bottom surface, wherein the first and second side surfaces respectively extended from their facing first and second sides are formed with first and second inward stepped portions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventors: Hyung Sik Lee, Hae Soo Chung
  • Publication number: 20110214347
    Abstract: Plant-aeration systems, methods for plant aeration, plant-aeration cells, methods of environmental remediation, systems for algae cultivation, and apparatuses for algae aeration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Qian Zhang
  • Publication number: 20110197509
    Abstract: A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventors: Philip N. Benfey, Richard W. Twigg, III, Robert L. Clark, JR., Scott Joseph Kennedy, Gregory Kealoha Fricke
  • Patent number: 7972840
    Abstract: There are provided an organism-culture apparatus in which a pooled culture medium and a culturing tissue is not directly contacted, which comprises a culture medium, and a microporous body having the water-absorbing ability, a part of which is immersed in the culture medium, or an intervening body connected to the microporous body which can supply the culture medium to the microporous body by contact between a part of the intervening body and the culture medium, wherein the culture medium is transferred upwardly via communicating pores in the interior of the microporous body to supply the culture medium to an organism tissue or an organism cell placed on a surface of the microporous body, whereby, the organism tissue or the organism cell is cultured, as well as a method of culturing an organism using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Phytoculture Control Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryou Hasegawa, Daisuke Suzumura
  • Publication number: 20110107667
    Abstract: A plant wall and module for growing plants is disclosed in which the plant wall and module provide for the controlled delivery of water and nutrients to plants located on the plant wall and module. The plant wall may include a matrix of modules, each module filled with an inert growing medium. The inert growing medium preferably includes openings in which plants are secured and from which plants can grow from the growing medium. An irrigation system delivers water and nutrients to each module and may be removed and replaced from the plant wall without removal of the irrigation system. In addition, a drainage channel, such as a rear drainage channel, is formed so that excess water may exit from the modules. Capillary breaks may also be provided within the growing medium of each module to aid in the distribution of water and nutrients throughout the growing medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventors: Mark Laurence, Richard Alexander Sabin
  • Patent number: 7937891
    Abstract: A plant growth array device includes an aerial growth chamber configured to receive aerial shoot portions of a plurality of plants and a root growth chamber configured to receive root portions of the plurality of plants. A dividing member is between the aerial growth chamber and the root chamber and has a plurality of apertures for receiving the plurality of plants therein. The plurality of apertures are configured so that the root portions grow substantially in a common orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: GrassRoots Biotechnology, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip N. Benfey, Richard W Twigg, III, Robert L. Clark, Jr., Scott Joseph Kennedy, Gregory Kealoha Fricke
  • Patent number: 7748164
    Abstract: The present invention provides a micro gravity environmental control apparatus, such as a plant cultivating apparatus, an animal raising apparatus, and a micro gravity environmental control method, such as a plant cultivating method, an animal raising method, a breeding method, capable of cultivating a plant and raising an animal by using soil and also capable of recovering moisture supplied to the soil so as to reuse the moisture, under a weightless environment or a micro gravity environment. There is provided a micro gravity environmental control apparatus comprising a chamber, an air suction pipe arranged in the vicinity of a lower end portion within the chamber, and an air sucking part communicated and connected with the air suction pipe and used for sucking air within the chamber out of the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignees: Incorporated Administrative Agency National Agriculture and Bio-oriented Research Organization, National Space Development Agency of Japan, Japan Space Forum
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirafuji, Tokihiro Fukatsu, Kei Tanaka, Keiko Ibaraki
  • Patent number: 7676988
    Abstract: A capillary hydration system and method for facilitating the growth of plants are provided. An exemplary system comprises a base having a reservoir for holding nutrient solution, and an insert portion. The insert portion comprises at least one downwardly extending plant receiving depression that is capable of holding a growth substrate. The plant receiving depression has at least one capillary opening such that when the capillary opening is in liquid communication with the nutrient solution in the reservoir, nutrient solution is wicked from the reservoir to the growth substrate by capillary action. In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, the capillary hydration system may further comprise cover, including a cover with a supply component for refilling the nutrient solution without removing the insert portion or the cover, and a nutrient supply level indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Grobal, LLC
    Inventor: Treg C. Bradley
  • Publication number: 20100031566
    Abstract: An automatic garden apparatus comprises a container having a lower portion adapted to hold liquids, a pocket portion and a tray portion mounted atop the lower portion. The pocket portion forms an enclosed structure having a plurality of pockets, a mist generator and a mist opening therethrough. The plurality of pockets and the mist generator are positioned on the top surface of the pocket portion. The plurality of pockets are adapted for insertion of plants and cutting and seeds. The tray portion includes a plurality of shallow trays whose bottoms are positioned to contact the liquids, the tray portion facing the mist opening whereby mist from the mist generator keeps moist the trays. An electronic circuit informs the user when to add water and nutrients, and includes a timer to controls operation of the mist generator to keep a high moist environment inside the plant portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Sidney S. Azoulay
  • Publication number: 20090320362
    Abstract: An apparatus for cultivation of phytoplankton and other autotrophic aquatic species in an aquatic medium in one embodiment comprises a plurality of liquid-impermeable transparent baffles, each forming an elongated trough-like enclosure, depending from a transparent top chamber, each baffle in communication with the top chamber, and two end walls for enclosing the top chamber and baffles. Introduction of water into the baffles sinks the apparatus in the liquid medium to the top of the baffles, leaving the top chamber above the surface of the medium. Light to which the top panel is exposed passes through the top chamber, the water in the baffles, and the baffles to encourage growth of selected microscopic organisms in the surrounding medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventors: Glen Stafford Williamson, Jason DiBari
  • Publication number: 20090300983
    Abstract: The invention is a methodology and device to accept sunlight that is concentrated, modified and filtered to wavelengths known to promote rapid growth, flowering, and fruiting of plants. Such modified light is introduced into the invented chamber which allows the control of factors such as temperature and humidity, CO2 levels, air circulation, and the circulation of water and nutrients. In its preferred embodiment, the invention will use a portion of the collected light to power an array of photovoltaic (PV) chip arrays with the chamber to provide sufficient electricity to power the fans, pumps, and sensors employed within the growing chamber, making it totally self-sufficient once water, nutrients, and seedlings have been introduced into the system. The system may be used within a solid soil or hydroponics growth system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventors: Arthur Robert Tilford, Philip Frank Zimmermann
  • Publication number: 20090235583
    Abstract: A transportable fodder production unit (1) comprising an insulated container (4) wherein said insulated container (4) contains a racking system (7), an irrigation system (11), a lighting system (15) and a thermal control system (6), said racking system (7) having a plurality of shelves (8) extending from the rear of the container (4) to the front of the container (4), said shelves (8) being of sufficient width to receive at least one fodder growing tray (10) and of sufficient depth to receive a predetermined number of rows of trays (10) to cycle through the container (4) in a growing period whereby seeded trays (10) can be loaded onto the rear of the shelves (8) and trays (10) with mats of grown fodder can be removed from the front of the shelves (8), said trays (10) being urged forward by an operator as the fodder progresses through the growing period and wherein the irrigation system (11) comprises a plurality of spray heads (9) positioned in the racking system (7) for periodically spraying each tray (10) w
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: FODDER SOLUTIONS PTY LTD
    Inventors: Terrence Dean Colless, Flavio Raccenallo
  • Patent number: 7587859
    Abstract: A capillary hydration system and method for facilitating the growth of plants are provided. An exemplary system comprises a base having a reservoir for holding nutrient solution, and an insert portion. The insert portion comprises at least one downwardly extending plant receiving depression that is capable of holding growth substrate. The plant receiving depression has at least one capillary opening such that when the capillary opening is in liquid communication with the nutrient solution in the reservoir, nutrient solution is wicked from the reservoir to the growth substrate by capillary action. In accordance with various exemplary embodiments, the capillary hydration system may further comprise cover, including a cover with a hatch for refilling the nutrient solution without removing the insert portion or the cover, and a nutrient supply level indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Grobal, LLC
    Inventor: Treg C Bradley