Developed a way to grow plants without sunlight

A team of specialists from the University of California at Riverside and the University of Delaware (USA) has developed a way to grow plants that are cultivated for human consumption without sunlight. To do this, they propose to use innovative artificial fertilizers. The results of the study are described in the journal Nature Food.

roslynyIn the course of their work, the scientists created a method to convert carbon dioxide and water into acetate (CH3COO−), which is the main constituent of acetic acid. When this compound is introduced into the soil, it allows plants to fully grow and function without photosynthesis. When used simultaneously with renewable energy sources (such as solar panels to generate electricity), the efficiency of growing food is increased up to 18 times. According to the developers, their discovery will allow growing various fruits, vegetables and cereals in difficult agricultural conditions caused by the climate crisis. In addition, this technology can be used for future colonies on Mars.