Researchers at the University of California Davis have developed a rapid growth platform that aims to decrease crop production time, allow for tunable sensory attributes, and decrease carbon emissions.
Tea is extracted from the plant camellia sinesis, an evergreen woody plant. Currently there is limited domestic tea production due to the intensive labor requirement, the amount of time required to establish steady production, and complex supply chains. It takes approximately two years to propagate camellia sinesis variants and an additional five years to reach a steady state of tea production. To achieve the preferred chemical profile needed for high quality tea, processing needs to occur within 24 hours of harvest. Current tea production methods also yield large carbon emissions.
Researchers at the University of California Davis have developed a rapid growth platform using nutrient solutions that aims to decrease crop production time, allows for tunable sensory attributes, and decreases carbon emissions. This novel platform reduces the time to harvest tea from roughly seven years to five months, while also allowing for the modification of the camellia sinesis to obtain high quality tea leaves with desired traits. This novel technology can be easily adopted by farmers and is especially suited for controlled indoor growth environments. Additionally, this system can decrease CO2 emission through reduction in transport and domestication of work force.
tea, crop production, harvesting, carbon emissions, Camellia Sinesis, rapid growth