Food security under control

Helping growers detect and monitor microbes for crop health and food safety


What We Do

We determine the health of hydroponic systems by monitoring microorganisms in controlled-environment agriculture, such as greenhouses and indoor farms.

We identify baseline microorganisms, plant pathogens, and food-borne pathogens and their relative abundance using DNA sequencing.

Our CAP– and NRC– funded projects aim to explore the microbiome of greenhouse vegetable and commercial cannabis production, and how it can be harnessed for production benefits, including product yield, quality and control of disease-causing microbes.

We are looking for Ontario greenhouse, indoor farm and commercial cannabis operators who would be interested in participating. This would entail our research staff coming on site to collect samples from nutrient solution and roots for microbiome analysis. Alternatively, we send out sampling kits allowing growers to sample themselves. Data will be shared and reviewed with the growers. If you are interested, or still have questions, please let us know here.

This is a Metagenom project

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Behind-the-Scene: Michael Lynch

Dr. Michael Lynch is the Director of Bioinformatics at Metagenom Bio Life Science which is the company behind Healthy Hydroponics. He did his Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science in Plant Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. He then completed his PhD in Biology and his postdoc at the University of Waterloo.

Our Project in Numbers so far


Grower partners


Crop Varieties


Samples Received

Why Work With Us?

We provide a new way of looking at the health of your production system.

  • Sustainable
  • Safe
  • Delicious


Healthy Hydroponics is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. We thank them for their support.
We are grateful for support from the NRC-IRAP program.
In partnership with OGVG
In partnership with International Phytobiomes Alliance

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