The objective of the ASC is to establish an infrastructure within the indoor farming sector that serves as an interface between research and industry. Scientific questions are linked with specific application cases, while interdisciplinary projects play a crucial role in making this innovative technology ready to put into practice.
In the spotlight are several innovative fields of application for indoor farming. These include the urban production of fresh plant foods, the production of raw materials for the food and pharmaceutical industries, and farming in poor climates (e.g. arid regions, contaminated land). The technology is extremely water-efficient, meaning it offers major potential in particular for regions with low water availability. A further aim of the centre is to develop energy supply concepts with the ultimate goal of achieving climate-neutral production in the indoor farm. In addition to this, the initiative seeks to optimise existing supply chains in order to make full use of the potential offered by indoor farming.
In comparison with traditional farming methods, as well as providing significant advantages for ecological issues such as resource consumption and environmental impact, indoor farming also makes an important contribution to economically significant questions relating to product quality and yield maximisation.
The Applied Science Centre works closely with industry partners:
Prof. Dr Heike Mempel
Applied Science Centre for Smart Indoor Farming (ASC)
Am Staudengarten 10
T +49 8161 71-5853
Research at the ASC (llink to the German website)