Imec let you grow Pants on thin Films
Mebiol has developed Imec, a technology for growing plants on special films just tens of microns thick, called hydro-membranes.
Hydro-membranes make it possible for plants to take up only water and nutrients, without letting harmful bacteria, nematodes, or viruses through.
“As you can see here, roots grow directly on the film surface, and they absorb the water and fertilizer in the film, so they grow large. No soil is needed, as the film plays the role of soil. The only problem is, it’s hard for plants to take up the water in the film, so they don’t grow very big. The plants are subjected to stress, so they have very high quality, but they don’t become large. If you give them some liquid nutrients from above the film, then they do grow very large. So with this technology, plants are grown by applying liquid fertilizer from above and below the film.”
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