Scientists see the CellPod incubator as a new way for consumers to produce their own food at home.
To grow food, the 3D printed CellPod device requires only a seed, sunlight, nutrients, and air. It sounds like any planting process, but uses modern biotechnology to accelerate the growth process.
“Urbanization and the environmental burden caused by agriculture are creating the need to develop new ways of producing food—CellPod is one of them,” explained VTT research scientist Lauri Reuter. “It may soon offer consumers a new and exciting way of producing local food in their own homes.”
After a few days of growing the seed, the device produces a few liters of plant cell mass. This substance contains proteins, fibers, and other beneficial compounds being produced by the plant. According to the VTT, picking undifferentiated cells (which contain the plant’s full genetic potential) allows them to grow only the best parts of the plant. “You get the same result as growing different plants in a greenhouse, but faster and it requires much less space than a greenhouse,” Reuter added.
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