October 13, 2016

Finnish research brings local food to the kitchen

VTT's first CellPod prototype resembles a design lamp and is ideal for keeping on a kitchen table.
VTT's first CellPod prototype resembles a design lamp and is ideal for keeping on a kitchen table.
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a home appliance that grows the ingredients for a healthy meal within a week from plant cells.

VTT seeks to develop a home appliance for the markets that can grow such things as healthy Finnish berries.

The home appliance can grow such things as healthy Finnish berries.

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Whilst the idea of growing plant cells in a bioreactor is not new, researchers have harnessed the latest technologies to develop a plant cell incubator for home use.

The CellPod prototype is currently producing a harvest in Otaniemi.

“Urbanisation and the environmental burden caused by agriculture are creating the need to develop new ways of producing food – CellPod is one of them,” says Lauri Reuter, VTT research scientist. “It may soon offer consumers a new and exciting way of producing local food in their own homes.”

Researchers are currently developing different product ideas in collaboration with consumers, with the goal of commercialising the concept.

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