The importance of the variety choice for vertical farming

by Janneke Grit, HAS University of Applied Sciences

Choosing the correct variety is often underexposed in vertical farming. However, the differences between varieties are huge. The differences between varieties can be a factor 2 or more. Results of variety tests are limited accessible. Our basil varieties trial in Brightbox showed the importance of doing variety tests.

Janneke will speak during Vertical Farming Conference on June 23. The conference is part of a two-day AgriFood Innovation Event, with 4 conferences (focused on 2 tracks: food and agriculture), an expo, workshops, student demo corners, lab tours and more. For the entire program of the event and registration, visit: https://www.3dprintingevent.com/program/

Interview

What drives you?
Searching for the best opportunities to grow plants in an efficient way.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
During our basil trial we saw huge differences between different varieties. I’d like to show the importance of doing variety tests.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Cheaper technology (for example lights) and more autonomous growing.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Easier to grow all over the world.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Available money to invest. (return on investment).

“Special quote”
Choosing the correct variety can have a huge effect on your potential yield.

About Janneke Grit

My name is Janneke Grit, graduated as plant scientist from Wageningen University. Nowadays, I am a lecturer at the HAS university of applied sciences. Alongside teaching students, I do research on topics for new cultivation systems. Together with students and business, we discover the best way to grow plants in vertical farms and greenhouses.

About HAS University of Applied Sciences

HAS University of Applied Sciences is the educational and expertise Centre in the South of the Netherlands.

We provide knowledge about the sector Agro, Food and Living Environment at 2 locations in the Netherlands, at Den Bosch and in Venlo.

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