The plant biotechnology group Beyond Seeds, together with the University of Almeria and in collaboration with the Herbex Group, participate in the TRFE-I-2021/013 project that has obtained, thanks to the 'Vertical Farming GAMA 0' cultivation system, a production of aromatic herbs with a yield 13 times higher than that of a crop grown on the ground.
The 'Vertical Farming GAMA 0' cultivation method is thus positioned as a very profitable alternative for the production of aromatic plants, in addition to having added advantages, including savings in water and inputs, improvements in work ergonomics, and greater post-harvest of the commercial product, among others.
In this new production model, there are key technical aspects that must be precisely controlled to ensure its viability, such as hydroponic cultivation, artificial lighting, or the selection of the crop that best suits this new model.
Currently, there are different versions of vertical farming, either in closed or indoor environments, which necessarily require the use of artificial light or in open or outdoor environments, where artificial light is usually used on an occasional or supplementary basis.
GAMA 0 is a new product concept developed by Beyond Seeds Group, which positions the vegetable produced in its vertical farming system in a new category compared to the products of the I range in which the edible part of the vegetable is torn from the live plant, or IV and V range, which are previously processed. The GAMA 0 product is offered to the consumer as a live plant for direct consumption, avoiding food waste, and under the perspective of a local, healthier, and more sustainable agriculture.