Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




EDEN ISS:

How to cultivate vegetables in space?

Within the EU project EDEN ISS, the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research has the task of selecting the right crops to grow in small volumes on the International Space Station (ISS).

The plant selection procedure has already taken place, a selection that was based on the human well-being, as well as the efficient use of light and space. From the end of 2017 we will simulate a ‘space mission’ at the Neumayer III Antarctic station where a small group of scientists will live and work for one year. The crew will eat fresh vegetables, grown in the ‘mobile test laboratory’ by a space engineer trained for this by experts of Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research.



Experimental phase in mobile test laboratory

Experiments are presently being performed with different crops and cultivars to determine an optimal cultivation recipe. Thus, the conditions of the mobile test laboratory are being simulated in climate chambers in Wageningen. Experiments are presently being carried out under LED with a sunlight spectrum including far red at different light intensities and temperatures.

How quickly can you harvest?
When cultivating these crops, it is especially important to note how quickly plants, such as mini cucumber, tomato, radish, herbs and ready-to-eat leafy vegetables, can be harvested after germination, and how much of each crop can be harvested on a daily basis for several days or weeks. Only then will we know the amount of fresh vegetables that can harvested and become available for ‘Antarticanauts’ and later astronauts, on a daily basis.

Source: Wageningen University & Research

Publication date: 1/4/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

4/26/2018 US (NC): Recent storms may impact North Carolina strawberry crops
4/25/2018 US (CA): Lettuce production completes transition to Salinas
4/25/2018 Asparagus season - growing the white gold in the Netherlands
4/23/2018 "It's worth the labor cost to prune and train"
4/20/2018 Composting the full crop at the end of the season
4/20/2018 India: Nilgis growers trained on advanced horticultural technologies
4/19/2018 South Africa: Unlimited possibilities to produce in greenhouses
4/18/2018 Distantly related crops are not better rotation partners for tomato
4/16/2018 Real time soil testing in Zambia
4/16/2018 “Far-red light boosts tomato yield”
4/13/2018 Plants 'hedge their bets' in germination
4/12/2018 UK: Cambridge and four other universities form agritech partnership
4/12/2018 El Niño affected two-thirds of the world’s harvests
4/12/2018 Next Generation Growing 2.0: no inner rot in peppers
4/10/2018 New Mid-Atlantic Commercial Vegetable Production Recommendations available
4/6/2018 "Water essential to feed New Zealand"
4/6/2018 Canada: New World crops online resource now available
4/4/2018 Australian experts to help Indian growers go soilless
4/3/2018 "Jordan growers can grow anything they want"
4/3/2018 Dutch restaurant has rooftop greenhouse with LED-lighting