Japanese researchers grow plants on high-tech sheets that are microns thick

The Mebiol corporation in Japan has created a super-thin hydrogel called "Imec" that allows plants to be suspended and fed a nutrient solution. Although larger crops can't be held up by the sheets, this does raise the possibility of someday festooning your living room with curtains of arugula and coriander. I mean, some of us already sleep in a big pile of swiss chard (it's for my back).

[Via DigInfo]

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Michael Ann Dobbs

Hmm...not sure how impressed I am by this. You can grow sprouts on wet cheesecloth; the seeds contain enough nutrients to sprout with. Seems like he could have just floated cheesecloth on fertilizer tea and gotten the same results.