A consortium led by Puratos, a global bakery supply company, researches how people can bake bread on Mars. Dwarf wheat is now grown on lava rock as a substrate.
Urban Crop Solutions developed and installed 3 custom FarmLab research farms at Puratos’ headquarters near Brussels, Belgium.
Kaercher Family Farms
Matt Kaercher has a vision to grow fresh greens in the subtropical Florida climate and deliver healthy food to local restaurants.
He now operates 3 FarmPro and 1 FarmFlex container farms, and is looking to expand.
As part of its sustainability program, a FarmPro has been operating for IKEA’s restaurant division on the parking lot of its store in Malmö, Sweden.
They grow fresh, healthy vegetables ‘from farm-to-plate’. Food-miles from the parking lot to the kitchen have been reduced from 2000 km (1243 mi.) down to 50 m (164 ft).
Banana Tree Nursery
A custom FarmLab research farm 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.
Indoor vertical farming is known as a breakthrough horticultural production system for the near future. While current commercial systems mainly focus on leafy greens, herbs, and microgreens, additional research is ongoing to secure large-scale implementation for fruit-bearing crops such as strawberries.
This fruit is known to be very sensitive to its environment and research focus lies on cultivar screening, light quality assessment, pollination and automated handling & processing. Initial trials show BRIX values up to 14. Future research will identify various optimal cultivars to maximize the return on investment.
As an expat living in Tahiti, Martin had a vision to replace greens flown in on jumbo jets with local, fresh and healthy produce.
He now offers baby leaves and microgreens to hotels and restaurants using a FarmFlex farm. Expansion is scheduled to the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.
Through their cross functional Master’s thesis, Engineer Fred and Architect Nicole investigated the potential of indoor farming and got intrigued by the impact this technology can deliver.
When the Singapore Food Agency has set the target for Singapore to be 30% self-sufficient in food production by 2030, the two young entrepreneurs decided to be proactive and supply the domestic market with local produce using a FarmPro container farm.
PCS (Proefcentrum voor Sierteelt)
PCS Ornamental Plant Research is the floriculture & landscaping sector’s independent knowledge centre in Flanders.
Their research, information and services focus on issues and problems in the floriculture and landscaping industry and are aimed at encouraging innovation among growers and landscapers.
To bring their innovative research to a next level, a PlantFactory solution was built on their premises to unlock the potential of ornamental plants.
Inagro is the knowledge partner of agricultural and horticultural businesses in the areas of innovation and sustainability.
Within its own optimised professional research infrastructure, Inagro's scientific and technical teams devise farming and cultivation techniques ready for practical use. They strive to improve the efficiency of production processes, consumables such as seeds and substrates, irrigation methods and hydroponics as well as aquaponic systems.
Using a multilayer FarmLab with 4 independent zone for irrigation, nutrient delivery and variable spectrum lighting, the yield and quality of multiple lettuce varieties will be investigated.
National University of Singapore
The National University of Singapore has recently built a brand-new Agritech Research Center to not only test new and upcoming technologies, but also to develop new plant growth recipes for sustainable food production in Singapore.
Within this Research Center, Urban Crop Solutions was selected as a partner for the Indoor Precision Climate Zone infrastructure.
Karma Farm combines resilient outdoor farming, the use of hoop houses, and hydroponic LED growing methods to provide chefs, home cooks, and food retailers premium local produce consistently throughout the year.