China has just built the world’s first 20-level vertical farm, run entirely by robots and artificial intelligence. It allows you to produce up to ten harvests of vegetables per year with less land and less water.
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With the world’s population continuing to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult to feed the planet. The industrialization of agriculture has made it possible to increase yields, but it is reaching its limits. Among the different solutions proposed are vertical farms. And China just built the first ever fully automated 20-story vertical farm.
The farm in question was built by the Institute of Urban Agriculture (IUA) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). All operations are carried out by robots, which manage to grow salads in just 35 days.
Vegetable growth managed by AI
As in most vertical farms, this one is equipped with colored LED diodes to provide the necessary light. The system is managed by artificial intelligence, which relies on a database to provide nutrients and the specific type of light at each stage of the plants’ life. “ We can combine different amounts of red, blue, yellow, near ultraviolet and near infrared light at different stages of the plant’s life cyclesaid Wang Sen, one of the researchers. We built a database of 1,300 combinations for 72 crop types. »
The researchers said they found no difference between plants grown in the laboratory and those from traditional agriculture. The vertical farm reduces the cultivation area, the amount of water required, and can produce all year round. It is possible to obtain 10 harvests of vegetables per year. In addition, it makes it possible to accelerate cereal selection by cultivating several generations of plants per year. The IUA is currently negotiating with companies to commercialize its technology.
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