Specialist in indoor farming PlantLab has signed a global license agreement with Syngenta, breeder of vegetable varieties and active in crop protection.
"We are proud that this license agreement reaffirms the strength of our patents for indoor farming," said Michiel Peters, CEO of PlantLab. This is important for the company since their indoor farming patent has been challenged multiple times.
PlantLab's patent for indoor farming relates to the way the root/substrate temperature is controlled, as well as the evaporation and leaf temperature of the crop. “The PlantLab IP and technology takes care of optimal growth in indoor farming facilities because of its total control over plant growth in a way that secures optimal yield, taste, and other quality aspects,” they explained before, as well as that the patent for their indoor growing technology is valid in 74 countries.
"Our technology is accessible to all national and international parties, this license agreement is a nice proof of that. PlantLab wants to make an important contribution to the solutions of the world food problem. We cordially invite other parties to join us in this effort," the company adds today.
PlantLab and Syngenta do not share financial and business details about the concluded license agreement.
Producing close two consumers
PlantLab specializes in technology for innovative urban agriculture, the food supply of the future. The company was founded in 2010 in Den Bosch with the aim of improving the world food system.
In the past ten years, € 50 million has already been invested in the development of technology that allows for the cultivation of ultra-fresh and healthy vegetables at any place on earth close to consumers, with minimal environmental impact, without chemical pesticides and with radically reduced water consumption.
"In an area of just two soccer fields, enough can be grown to provide a city of 100,000 people with 200 grams of fresh vegetables every day. Because the new technology works everywhere and anytime, a radically shorter supply chain can be realized year-round, with all the associated benefits: superior product quality, longer shelf life, greatly reduced food waste, no CO2 emissions and inconvenience related to transport over longer distances," the company says.
PlantLab wants to make its technology accessible to everyone, "and thus make fresh and sustainable food accessible to everyone."