Oyster mushrooms have begun sprouting inside a giant vertical farm at the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Its centerpiece of the structure is a green cone upon which more than 9,000 plants and herbs thrive. The plan is to host a green zone that is more than a building, and display real, sustainable solutions in action.
Pavilion organizers have created a biotope, or a miniature world in which the climate is controlled naturally, to nurture plants.
“The oyster mushrooms are organically grown within the mushroom nursery at our pavilion and they will be seen inside the 18-meter massive green food cone,” Carel Richter, newly appointed Consul General of the Netherlands in UAE and commissioner general of the country’s pavilion, told The National.
“On the exterior of the cone, there are approximately 9,300 edible plants harvested using Dutch technologies. These plants include tomato, basil, mint, and asparagus.”
When Expo opens on October 1, visitors will be able to enter the darkened interior of the green cone to see how the mushrooms are grown.
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