Where No Potato Has Gone Before: Space
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
Life Sustaining Cold Storage For Those In Need
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
Feeding the Future with Bioreactors
Space is a new frontier for agricultural innovation to feed human populations.
BioHarvest has achieved this with red grapes, olives, and pomegranates. BioHarvest technology enables economical production of commercial biomass of unique plant-based metabolites (such as polyphenols, antioxidants, cannabinoids, terpenes, psychoactive molecules, proteins and more) without the need to grow the plant itself. As an example, with grapes, this production in the industrial scale proprietary bioreactors rather than on land creates
some 95% less physical space needed in traditional farming. Using one seven-foot bioreactor can produce what would require 240,000 square meters of land annually. Photo: BioHarvest
Bringing Medical Supplies To Remote Areas
An estimated two billion people lack medicines because they live too remotely.Zipline, has been a pioneer in developing medical deliveries in places like Rawanda and Ghana using drones. Drones can travel in 30 minutes what it might take all day in an automobile.The company is now using its drones to fight Coronavirus in Africa and may do so in the future in the United States.Photo Credit: Zipline