The R&D team in hydroponic applications for floriculture & landscape architecture (hydroConcept), was created in 2010 in the framework of the Greek State's General Secreteriat's for Research and Development call "Innovation development by supporting R&D teams in Greek Universities".
The team operates in the framework of the Dept. of Agricultural Technology (TeGeo, http://tegeo.teiep.gr) of the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (TEIEP, http://www.teiep.gr). The Dept. offers a curriculum based on agronomy, biology and engineering and its main objective is to provide highest level education and conduct research in relevant fields. TEIEP is represented through the Dept. TeGeo at UNISCAPE (Network of Universities for the Implementation of the European Landscape Convention, http://www.uniscape.eu).
The research interests of the team concern: evaluation of plants for use in agricultural cultivations and landscaping projects, integrated and organic management of cultivations and green spaces; hydroponic cultivation of ornamentals and vegetables; irrigation systems design and management in both agricultural and landscaping projects, plant water needs, green roof systems, connection between green urban infrastructure and hydrologic issues.
The team uses the relevant infrastructure of the Dept. TeGeo and mainly that of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Lab which includes laboratories for soil and plant tissues analysis, state of art greenhouses (soil and hydroponic), open field experimental setups for volumetric estimation of cultivations’ water needs, fully equipped studios (PCs, wide scanners, plotters, CAD, CAE and GIS software) for agricultural and landscape irrigation systems design and topographic, climatic and environmental data acquisition equipment.