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Germany: Vanilla, pepper, and vegetables cultivated in new research center

Peppers cultivated in Osnabrück? In the new research center Agricultural Systems of the Future, scientists from Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences are researching its potential. Vanilla, salads, and other vegetables are also grown in the new indoor farm with a roof greenhouse on Campus Haste.

So far, vanilla has mostly come to us from regions around the Indian Ocean, and pepper is still imported to Europe. That is about to change because the research center "Indoor Farm - Agricultural Systems of the Future" on the Haste Campus of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is now researching new, future-oriented, and sustainable cultivation options for these and many other herbs and vegetables. 

Professor dr. Andres Bertram, President of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, underscored the importance of the new building: "It is a showcase project because we are investigating important questions for our society and the world of tomorrow. On the other hand, the way we do this is exemplary for our teaching and research assignment: lecturers and students work closely with practitioners to generate ideas from them."

Mainly responsible for the fact that the indoor farm is now located at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences is Professor Dr. Andreas Ulbrich, Professor of Vegetable Production and Processing at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences. He developed the idea for the building around six years ago with his research assistant Sebastian Deck and the team from the "Growing Knowledge" research group. 

Read the entire article at Nachrichten IDW (in German)

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