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CAN: Bringing Biodomes to BC

CAN: Bringing Biodomes to BC

A giant bubble in Surrey, British Columbia, is home to 6,000 strawberry plants, stacked on top of one another. The plants are growing without soil and require one-tenth of the water of normal strawberry plants. The Biodome in Tom Colclough’s backyard, built by Eco Energy Asia, is just a prototype, but it’s the first of its kind in Canada. The Biodome is a closed, contained, controlled environment. The panels are made out of a special plastic film called ethylene tetrafluoroethylene to ensure light is equally spread throughout the structure. “In controlling the environment, it also means we can grow 365 days a year. We can take these plants through the cycles and accelerate them to a certain degree by optimizing their growing conditions,” says Tom. While it’s still in the research and development phase, both Tom and Eco Energy Asia have high hopes for the future of biodomes around the world. (Source: globalnews.ca)