We are creating a Scientific Research Centre (SRC) to ensure that our project uses only the latest scientific developments.
The SRC will primarily focus on the production of class A+ planting material and the development of technology and innovative techniques for the packaging and transportation of fresh berries based on the technology used to preserve food sent into space.
Shortages of class A+ planting material which is virus-free and resilient to climate and environmental changes pose a real problem. Our seedling production system is based on in-vitro microcloning, which is a globally recognized technology. Work is carried out jointly with scientific centres, which enables us to be confident that the project employs only the latest scientific developments.
The SRC will both provide planting material for the project and enable us to become suppliers of superb-quality planting material to other businesses.
One important advantage of our method is our seedling passport, which provides full details about each plant, stored with the help of blockchain, thereby completely excluding the possibility of dubious origins (a problem often encountered by clients). Creating our own nursery with the help of the SRC will allow us to concentrate our scientific research on developing and testing new plant varieties and technologies, and adapting plants for SBS taking into account the specifics of different regions.
Reproduction by microcloning
At the heart of this method is the unique ability of plant cells to realize their inherent totipotency: their ability to produce a complete plant organism under the influence of external factors. This method possesses a number of clear advantages compared with traditional methods of reproduction:
- acquisition of genetically homogenous planting material
- elimination of viruses afflicting the plant through use of meristem cultures
- high reproduction coefficient
- shortening of the selection process
- acceleration of the plant’s transition from the juvenile to the reproductive stage of its development
- breeding of plants that are difficult to breed by traditional methods
- ability to continue operations throughout the year and reduce the amount of space required for growing planting material
The clonal microreproduction process is divided into four stages:
- the donor plant is chosen, the explant is isolated, and a sterile culture that grows well is obtained
- the actual microreproduction takes place, and the maximum possible number of mericlones are obtained
- the propagated shoots take root and subsequently undergo adaptation to their soil conditions; if necessary, the regenerant plants are deposited at a lower temperature (+2°, +10 °C)
- the plants are grown in greenhouse conditions and prepared to be sold or planted in the ground
Clonal microreproduction is often confused or equated with genetic modification. These technologies are quite different, however.
Clonal microreproduction technology makes it possible to significantly reduce the production cost of the planting material so that each seedling costs less than USD 0.10 to produce, while simultaneously minimizing production delays. The technology allows the required planting material to be produced on a year-round basis.
The SRC will provide all of the planting material used in production.
Creating our own nursery will allow us to conduct scientific research, develop and test new plant varieties and new technologies, and adapt plants to be grown in different regions as part of our Scalable Berry System (SBS).
All planting material will have its own blockchain passport, providing information about every stage of the plant’s life.
This will make it impossible to purchase counterfeit planting material.