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Heating textiles for use in plant cultivation

The heating elements can be used to control the vegetative phase very accurately to optimise the harvest, the Institute reports.

14th August 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Boennigheim

Agriculture, Sustainable

By the year 2050 there will be about 9.2 billion people living on the Earth – around 2 billion more than today, according to the latest estimates.

In order to be able to secure food supplies in the light of this rapid increase, scientists around the world are looking for innovative solutions for the agricultural industry.

Among them are the scientists at the Hohenstein Institute, who, together with the circular knitter roma-Strickstoff-Fabrik Rolf Mayer and the State College of Horticulture and Agriculture, have developed heating textiles for use in plant cultivation. These are placed around the roots of the plants and so supply them with targeted warmth.

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