How

How

Equipment

Equipment

Recipes

Recipes

Projects

Projects

Crop Guide

Crop Guide

From Know-How to Grow-How

Defined process driving innovation in plant research

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Assess

  • Identify aims and objectives
  • Determine research brief budget
  • Establish feasibility of project before proceeding to next stage
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Research Brief

  • Perform desk research and literature study
  • Develop research brief
  • Determine research trial timeline and budget
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Research Trial

  • Prepare and begin research trials
  • Monitor plant growth
  • Record all variables and results as determined in brief
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Report

  • Analyse results
  • Identify patterns and document findings
  • Present results and findings as specified in the brief

Research Centre Equipment Features

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PlantFactory
simulation lab

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Variable LED light
spectrum lab

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Nutrient formulation
research

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Germination
and propagation

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AI & data
collection

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Ebb &
flow

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Gully
irrigation lab

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PharmSpeeTM
platform

Custom Out-of-the-Box Recipes

We don’t believe in standard solutions. Why?

A recipe is a predefined set of operating procedures (seed planting, germination time, transplanting method, etc.) and approximately 45 parameter settings (LED intensity and spectrum, daylight hours, temperature, humidity, irrigation on/off timing, nutrient mix, substrate composition, etc.).

Optimal plant growth in every single climate has its own set of requirements. That is why we reconfigure all of our systems to match those of your product and business operations. We carefully select the components you need to achieve the most effective configuration for you.

Some of Our Research Projects

Tiamat Sciences

Tiamat is a biotech company that is manufacturing animal-free protein by combining biotechnology, vertical farming, and computational design. By using our patented PharmSpeeTM platform, they are growing the next generation of biomolecules to serve multiple emerging industries.

Banana Tree Nursery

A custom FarmLab plant factory is used as a nursery to grow new banana (Musa) cultivars in a controlled environment. After growing to 50 cm (1,6 ft) they are checked for resistance to climate change. Promising trees are transported to the African highlands to ensure the future of the local farmers.

SpaceBakery

A consortium led by Puratos, a global bakery supplies company, with Urban Crop Solutions as key technology partner, is researching how to bake bread on Mars. UCS carries out research at their research centre, and has installed three custom FarmLabs at Puratos’ headquarters near Brussels, Belgium.

Our Crop Guide

And grow-how

Looking for crop recipes that have been proven in real-life trials by experienced indoor plant scientists? Our crop guide contains 290+ tried and tested plant growth recipes.

Our team, with a combined 30+ years of experience, have created the ideal controlled environment for plants to thrive. We now serve customers with our own plant growth recipes. We operate 13 controlled environment growth chambers for crop cultivar screening, nutrient formulations, plant cultivation techniques, LED light spectrum research, hydroponic irrigation, and cultivation development.

At our state-of-the-art research centre in Belgium, we can mimic any climate on earth. This allows our in-house team of plants scientists to research and validate your crop of choice.

Download our Crop Guide to learn more about the different parameters that need to be adjusted and tailored per plant (end-user requirements, cultivar, irrigation strategy, climate strategy, planting strategy, lighting strategy, etc.).

Start your end-to-end contract research journey today.