A potato plant in which everything on it is edible for humans will play a pivotal role in addressing food and nutritional security on Earth and in space.
This kind of plant will eliminate waste while increasing crop yield.The current aerial portion of potato plants contain accumulated solanine which fights pests and pathogens but is toxic to humans. In space farming platforms, solanine-mediated plant resistance would be unnecessary in highly controlled environments. Please see the diagram for a more complete explanation of the biochemistry involved.Photo Credit: Nature Communications
Less than 10 per cent of all perishable foods is estimated to be refrigerated, even though post-harvest losses add up to 30 per cent of food production worldwide. Innovation with decentralized renewable energy (DRE) is essential in Africa and Asia because access and connection to electricity in rural areas, where food is produced, is still poor . Solar energy is harnessed to run these machines.
The units run directly from solar power during the day and stored solar energy (batteries) at night,These units can be used by governments, farmers, military and humanitarian workers. Photo credit: Adelano