Vertical farms ‘underserved’ when it comes to new seed varieties

In the future, better performing genetics and higher efficiency of lights could mean more affordable produce from vertical farms, said Unfold’s chief executive John Purcell. Image: Bayer Urban farming and local food production have gained importance amid the challenge of feeding a growing world population, as well as food security risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. With most vertical farming start-ups focused on creating more efficient infrastructure, however, seed genetics and crop growth models best suited for indoor environments have been an underserved area, said the chief executive of a new company that aims to plug the gap. The company, Unfold, will develop new seed varieties tailored to indoor vertical farms . Formed by Singapore state investor Temasek and pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer, Unfold will be led by former Bayer executive John Purcell. It will be headquartered in Davis, California in the United States, and have commercial and research and development operations in both California and Singapore. To continue reading this story Join the Eco-Business community and gain access to Asia Pacific’s largest media platform on sustainable development. Stay updated on the latest news, jobs, events and more with our Weekly Newsletter delivered to you. Access free […]

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