Scientists grow tomatoes in Arctic greenhouse

Scientists grow tomatoes in Arctic greenhouse

July 31, 2023

Researchers believe that multi-tiered installations with artificial light are optimal for the Arctic.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists from the Siberian Federal University (SFU) propose using multi-level greenhouses with artificial light to grow vegetables in the Arctic. Ivan Timofeyenko, head of the city-farming laboratory at the SFU’s Gastronomy Institute, believes that such technologies are better than traditional translucent greenhouses in the conditions of the Arctic.

In a conversation with TASS journalists, the scientist said that multi-level installations with artificial light use space more efficiently and do not depend on the polar day and night. The laboratory has already successfully harvested cherry tomatoes of domestic varieties Raspberry Fountain, Magic Harp and Terek.

Russian scientists have also figured out how to grow crops in the Arctic without soil. Also, northerners successfully grow greens, vegetables and berries on the windowsills, and the polar explorers on the icebreaker harvested cucumbers. In the History Spot’s section, we said that the Norilsk state farm used to grow more than ten tons of vegetables a year, as well as champignons, watermelons and melons.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Olga Polyanskaya / editorial archive

July 31, 2023

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