I'm planning on growing some microgreens
under grow lights this winter until the seed starts begin in February.
The other experiments to be carried out include those for finding out the possibility of cultivation of microgreens
in an inflatable greenhouse, deployment of the Autonomous Soil Assessment System on a tele-operated planetary rover, use of an autonomous rover to support astronauts and conduct area mapping, area exploration via a drone and various experiments to study team fatigue, conflict, personality factors, and psychological and physiological adaptation in a stressful environment.
The grant will be used for development and scaling up of microgreens
production and for development of closed loop agriculture systems.
The experiments range from growing microgreens
in the greenhouse to DNA sequencing supported by rovers that will be undertaken over the four-week mission," Lousada said.
Among other ideas that originated in the UAE are FreshFridge,a smart personal micro herb farm that can grow microgreens
from seed to full plant in 10 days and encourages urban farming, which was empowered by Emirates Foundation's Think Science Programme, and Alga Life, a transformative project that produces algae-based ink toners for all printing needs.
Containing two re-usable seed trays, four little bags of organic compost, four packets of assorted organic microgreens
seeds and an instruction sheet, the kit boasts everything the recipient needs to grow their own antioxidant-packed windowsill garden
producers and sellers of proprietary systems for the high-yield indoor cultivation of cannabis, and in indoor gardening appliances for the cultivation of organic microgreens
, vegetables and herbs in home and professional kitchens.
are tender young green vegetables, harvested at the first or second leaf stage and used in countless ways in the kitchen.
Koppert Cress, a grower of microgreens
, is hosting 'Middle East Cressperience' to be held at Toro Toro Restaurant overlooking the Marina at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai.
Pick young to eat as microgreens
, or use larger leaves in stir-fries.
That said, it's a business with massive potential--based on the worldwide trend for fresh garnishes on restaurant meals, such as microgreens
, edible flowers and gourmet vegetables.
Some chefs have touted the taste, texture, color, and delicate appearance of microgreens
, adding them to soups, salads, sandwiches, and main dishes.