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Paul Zabel from the German Aerospace Center operates a greenhouse in the Antarctic, where tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers flourish
They are trying to accomplish full-cycle of plant growth under microgravity.
In April 2018, Intelligent Growth Solutions welcomed a delegation from South Africa to visit their facility at Invergowrie. The team of three were from the Tshwane Economic Development Agency (TEDA) and their advisors, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an African research and development organization which undertakes multidisciplinary research aimed at improving the quality of life for South Africans.
Located on the High Tech Campus is the Philips GrowWise Center where in 8 climatic chambers LED lighting is tested on different crops, including strawberries. The growers took a look in this research center and were well informed about the knowledge that is gathered to apply LED lighting for the cultivation of strawberries.
Indoor vertical farms, which are sometimes called “plant factories”, rely on hydroponics. This soil-less water-based way of growing plants has been around for decades. What is different now is the arrival of cloud computing, which has given rise to data-based techniques aimed at producing better yields and better food at cheaper cost and in sustainable ways.