Indoor Farming Research
It all starts with your crop, and the needs of your market
The seed genetics available today have been cross bred for decades to optimise conditions in a traditional open field or greenhouse cultivation. The development has focused on disease resistance, drought resistance, and yield, with maximum response to light not a concern.
In an indoor growing environment, the requirements of plants are completely different. Plants receive exactly what they need and are protected from pests and weeds. Therefore not requiring use of, or resistance to pesticides.
Our plant biology team has been searching for the plant genetics that maximise biomass growth with minimum input of resources.
In our fully equipped, state-of-the-art research centre, we can mimic any climate on earth. We operate 13 controlled environment growth chambers for crop variety screening, enhancing nutrient formulations, and perfecting plant cultivation techniques.
To test yields and improve plant growth recipes in our commercial solutions, we also operate full-scale commercial plant factory grow modules. We have developed our own LED light technology and continue our experiments to enhance plant response to LED light spectrum and intensity.
Our team of indoor plant scientists have found and facilitated the ideal controlled environment for plants to thrive.
Some of Our Research Projects
The research that we carry out, and where our solutions are used
Tiamat is a biotech company that is manufacturing animal-free protein by combining biotechnology, vertical farming, and computational design. By using the power of plants to replace traditional bioreactors, 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.
A consortium led by Puratos, a global bakery supply company, in collaboration with Urban Crop Solutions is researching how to bake bread on Mars. Aside from carrying our research at their own research centre, Urban Crop Solutions has installed three custom FarmLabs at Puratos’ headquarters near Brussels, Belgium.