Agri-Pharmacy lab testing
The agri-pharmacy research team is delving into the pharmaceutical potential of plant extracts cultivated under completely controlled environmental conditions. Their focus spans across three pivotal areas: anticancer, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory impacts. By meticulously controlling growth factors such as light, temperature, and nutrient levels, the team aims to harness the full medicinal potential of these plants.
Through rigorous experimentation and analysis, they seek to uncover novel compounds with the potential to combat cancerous growth, microbial infections, and inflammatory responses. This multidisciplinary approach holds promise for advancing the field of pharmaceuticals and enhancing our understanding of plant-based therapies.

Optimisation of Plant Factory Systems

This project focuses on the systematic collection of research data on pharmaceutical plant responses to specific wavelengths of light in a Plant Factory setting. We are determining the precise pharmaceutical properties of target plants through carrying out light treatment experiments using a controllable LED lighting system.
Microbial study and chemical analysis will ensure the safety and quality of basil and black cumin, and will contribute towards developing novel treatments for a range of medical conditions.
Science Pippettes



Featured publications

Rihan, H.Z., Aljafer, N., Jbara, M., McCallum, L., Lengger, S. and Fuller, M.P., 2022. The impact of LED lighting spectra in a plant factory on the growth, physiological traits and essential oil content of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). Plants, 11(3), p.342. DOI
Rihan, H.Z. 2023. The Impact of LED (Light-Emitting Diode) Spectra on Plant Growth and Quality, MDPI-Books 

Contact us

If you have any queries, or would like to talk to us about any of the projects above, please contact  Dr Hail Rihan.