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Due to Brexit, we are not able to deliver to the UK. We are working on a solution on how we can continue to bring a wide range of Lubera plants to the UK and directly to our customers' homes in the future. However, such a solution will not be available before 2022 or 2023.

Lubera Malini for Outerspace - The EDEN Project

In the past, a profession as a train driver was ranked high, particularly among boys; nowadays it’s rather the astronaut. Times are changing – and with them the circumstances, individual dreams, career aspirations and the possibilities of turning all that into reality. Agriculture is also changing! But we are not talking about corn monocultures, biogas and the like, but rather of aerospace + agriculture = EDEN.

Granted, this requires an explanation. First, you can forget about the biblical metaphor that might first come to mind. EDEN stands for Evolution and Design of Environmentally-closed Nutrition Sources. Second, this is the name of a research project at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Bremen. And thirdly, it is important that astronauts produce some of the food they need themselves. Not because it's romantic, but because of very simple, economic conditions. If food can be produced in space, it is natural to also apply the same concepts here on earth, for example, in places where more inhospitable conditions prevail than in our "cozy" Central Europe: in deserts, in the Antarctic ... And so with the EDEN Project, agriculture and aerospace go hand in hand and conduct joint research with the same objectives. Sun is replaced by LED lighting technology, good old dirt with aeroponics, which is based on soilless cultivation methods. The aim is to also develop innovative greenhouse systems with automated production facilities for higher plants that simultaneously require a minimum amount of space.

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And what does all that have to do with Lubera? Markus Dorn, the scientist involved in the project’s crops, has the following answer: "So far, only fast growing, annual plants, such as lettuce, are being cultivated and studied in aeroponic systems. Fruiting woody species, however, represent new territory in these systems; they could, however, make a meaningful contribution to the diet of astronauts [...] The goal is thus to grow columnar fruit trees that have very compact growth and low space requirements under controlled environmental conditions with LEDs as a lighting source and the use of root spraying methods, otherwise known as aeroponics [...]." And what the circumstances concretely are, for example, for Lubera Malini columnar apple trees, can be seen here.

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Lubera Malini use LED technology
If all these dreams of the future are too much for you right now, then you are encouraged to tend to your own garden now, where the smell of dirt, black fingernails and the exhilarating experience of flowers and home-grown fruits and vegetables awaits you... Anyone, however, who still wants to know more about the EDEN Project can read this interesting (German) article "Vertical Farming".

P.S. Have you already seen the video Strawberry multiplication facility? It has already been claimed that the connection between Lubera and EDEN is shorter than previously thought.

 

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