Biopolymer substrates. The way forward for CEA.

Vertical farms, and CEA in general, have the potential to feed the expanding world population. Apart from sustainability issues with mining peat and coco, the availability of (natural) substrates is not sufficient to grow enough fresh produce. Next generation substrates, such as biopolymer based growing mediums, promise to solve these issues and are the way forward for CEA.

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The colourful life of plants in a vertical farm

In vertical farms all the production factors can be precisely controlled, making that we can precisely control the growth, development and quality of the crops. LEDs play a crucial role in this control. A number of examples will be presented on how to use different light spectra and intensities to control the growth, development and quality of plants and harvested products.

Optimization of light should be balanced with optimization of all other growth factors (e.g. temperature, CO2, humidity, plant spacing, water, nutrients, etc). Sensors, simulation models and artificial intelligence play an important role in optimizing the production systems and can ultimately be used to realise autonomous production systems.

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A Sophisticated Industrial Approach to Vertical Farming – Planet Farms

The story of Planet Farms is one of friendship, innovation, extraordinary people, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Planet Farms was born of the founders’ shared eagerness and mission to revolutionize traditional agriculture and help the world grow. And naturally, from their love of high-quality and outstanding flavor, rooted in their Italian culture. Planet Farms inverts the historical role of technology in agriculture from defensive to preventive. The aim is no longer to check the natural environment but safeguard it by creating the ideal conditions for plant growth.

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