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Tomato Seeds from Space Sown in Hungarian Greenhouse

Fanni Kaszás 2020.03.05.

In the Veresegyház tomato greenhouse, cherry tomato specialties are cultivated in a hydroculture greenhouse, by a clean, natural method, biological plant protection, and in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way. Now, they will also grow tomatoes that have traveled to outer space, as they have received tomato seeds from NASA to plant.

The seeds from space were planted in the company’s research-demo greenhouse, and their development will be closely monitored. The seeds were transferred to Hungary from NASA’s research project to Nándor Schuminszky, board member of the Hungarian Astronautical Society, who offered the special seeds to the tomato farm in Veresegyház, where, after professional sowing, they will develop and grow under continuous control.

Noémi Bruzák/MTI

Back in 2016, the company still produced much of their tomatoes, 85% of them for export, but the CEO has deliberately reduced the proportion and now delivers the special cherry tomatoes throughout the year, including off-season, to Hungarians.

In the village in Pest County, high-quality tomatoes are grown several meters high from Dutch seeds in organic coconut fiber quilts from Sri Lanka. The modern greenhouse system allows for optimized climate control, so it can be heated and ventilated depending on the needs of the crops. The 140,000 tomato plants can be watered with an automatic system, and with the latest technology they can control their cooling as well. In this way, the life span of the crop can be significantly increased and tomatoes can be grown from March to December.

Noémi Bruzák/MTI

Thanks to the thermal water of Veresegyház, they operate a zero-emission heating system. This provides a high level of operational safety. The cooled water is not gotten rid of as waste water but pressed back, so the technology has no environmental burden. The water is 100% collected and recycled after purification. In the 1.7-hectare greenhouse, an average of 500 tons of tomatoes are harvested each year.

featured photo: Noémi Bruzák/MTI


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