How do you solve the problem of demanding quality requirements for foodstuffs in view of the rising global population? Who will supply megacities with regional products in the future? Even as an adolescent, Maximilian Lössl had a passion for the big questions facing the future of the agricultural industry. He carried out his first experiments with intelligent plant production, also known as “vertical farming”, in the basement of his parents’ house. Since 2013, the tech entrepreneur has run the start-up agrilution as the co-founder and CEO. Together with his interdisciplinary team, he offers solutions for the space shortage and demanding quality standards of the food sector: vertical farming with Plantcubes.
I absolutely believe that agrilution has the potential to make the world a better place. The Plantcube offers us the opportunity to produce plants efficiently and economically in a minimum of space.
Intelligent seed mats in vertical farms enable even users without a green thumb to plant their own herbs and lettuces. The smart garden detects the seed and automatically optimises the lighting, watering and climate to match the plant’s needs. Software developers, electrical engineers and plant scientists work alongside the agricultural economist, Lössl, in the laboratory to perfectly coordinate the watering, lighting and climate parameters to develop the most nutritious and tasty seedlings possible. Even after working hours the team likes spending time together, whether at the table football table or at concerts.
The herb garden 2.0 offers users intensely flavoured herbs and lettuces such as Mediterranean basil, baby radishes and delicious Asian Mizuna lettuce. Vitamin A-packed regional produce is put on the table without any transport distance and the resulting loss of nutritional value. This refreshing concept offers one possible solution for tomorrow’s supply problems. Its closed structure also fulfils the highest hygiene and quality standards. Due to the intensive flavour of the produce, many of agrilution’s customers are leading gastronomers. As of 2018, private customers can also enhance their kitchens with Plantcubes.