New VF BioTech grows plants in the dark

New VF BioTech grows plants in the dark
All images: Square Roots

Square Roots, a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) startup, recently introduced a groundbreaking program supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The program aims to demonstrate the feasibility of removing light from commercial indoor vertical farming by utilizing gene-edited (CRISPR) plants that grow heterotrophically. These plants can add biomass through carbon uptake from acetate in irrigation water, enabling growth “in the dark,” in an indoor vertical farm.

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