Necessary Parameters of Vertically Mounted Textile Substrates for Successful Cultivation of Cress for Low-Budget Vertical Farming

Authors

  • Elise Diestelhorst Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Jan Lukas Storck Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Bennet Brockhagen Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Timo Grothe Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Inken Blanca Post Bache GmbH, Rheinberg, Germany Author
  • Thorsten Bache Bache GmbH, Rheinberg, Germany Author
  • Rumen Korchev Bache GmbH, Rheinberg, Germany Author
  • Anke Rattenholl Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Frank Gudermann Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author
  • Andrea Ehrmann Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematics, Bielefeld, Germany Author https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0695-3905

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14502/Tekstilec2021.64.276-285

Keywords:

vertical farming, textile substrates, cress, cost-effectiveness, germination

Abstract

A growing population needs an expansion of agriculture to ensure a reliable supply of nutritious food. As a variable concept, vertical farming, becoming increasingly popular, can allow plant growth for local food produc­tion in the vertical sense on, e.g. facades in addition to the classical layered structure in buildings. As substrates, textile fabrics can be used as a sustainable approach in terms of reusability. In our experiment, we investigated which properties a textile should possess in order to be suitable for an application in vertical farming by the example of cress seeds. To determine the best-fitted fabric, four different textiles were mounted vertically, and were provided with controlled irrigation and illumination. Our results showed that a hairy textile surface as provided by weft-knitted plush is advantageous. There, the rooting of cress plants used in this experiment is easier and less complicated than along tightly meshed, flat surfaces, as for woven linen fabrics.

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2021-11-15

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Diestelhorst , E., Storck, J. L., Brockhagen, B., Grothe, T., Post, I. B., Bache, T., Korchev, R., Rattenholl, A., Gudermann, F., & Ehrmann, A. (2021). Necessary Parameters of Vertically Mounted Textile Substrates for Successful Cultivation of Cress for Low-Budget Vertical Farming. Tekstilec, 64(4), 276-285. https://doi.org/10.14502/Tekstilec2021.64.276-285

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