Finnish research brings local food to the kitchen
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.
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.