Vertical Farms

Vertical Farms
Vertical Farms

New developments in vertical and indoor farming allow of plants and crops to be produced at very high densities in totally controlled environments. This allows year-round production of identical plant material of a consistent and high quality from batch to batch.

These towers are also an important research tool as their consistent output year-round accelerates gene discovery and crop breeding. Being able to grow plants continuously under optimised conditions allows multiple generations to be created in a single year, increasing the rate at which new varieties can be produced. Combining vertical growth towers with high-throughput (functional) phenotyping also allows rapid screening of breeding and mutant plant populations.

Research Applications of vertical growing towers include:

  • Plant population screening
  • High throughput production of consistent experimental plant material
  • Speed breeding