Meet climate change with vertical farming!
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Do you like to eat wasabi? Soon it could come from Burgenland:
Experts from the University of Applied Sciences Burgenland are working on a smart technology that will control plant factories in the future and could prevent food shortages with minimal resource consumption.
FH Burgenland, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and the young Oberwart-based company PhytonIQ are working on indoor plantations in the form of "vertical farming", which offer large areas of cultivation in a small space: broccoli, onions and co. grow next to each other on high shelves on several floors. Demand for this cultivation method could become particularly high if, due to climate change, many coastal agricultural areas are lost due to flooding and food shortages are imminent.
Vertical farming is already a reality in the US and Asia, but without the new smart farming technology from Burgenland, in which computer algorithms, robots and sensors ensure control. The climatic and growth conditions of the plant are optimised to enhance the taste and the ingredients.
For the time being, foods that are not available in Europe, or only seasonally, will be delivered in order to offer an emission-saving alternative to food imports.
The super plant wasabi is ideally suited for the new cultivation method and is used in the culinary arts, medicine as well as in the food supplement industry. In the plant factory in Oberwart, whose production hall is around three meters high on 500 m², 4,000 kilos of wasabi will soon be produced annually. The first pilot plant is scheduled to go into operation in January.
So soon we can look forward to the wasabi harvest in Burgenland!
Source: Die Presse, PhytonIQ