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Italy: Underwater greenhouse grows basil, lettuce and strawberries

An engineer from Noli, near Genoa, has invented an underwater greenhouse where he can grow plant species such as basil, lettuce and strawberries.

Sergio Gamberini's experiment has already brought good results and may be exported to hot countries with deserts or drought problems.

The new farming system is called "the Garden of Nemo", and consists of six biospheres located at eight metres depth under water. Each biosphere is a plastic parachute filled with air, illuminated with natural light coming from the sea surface and LED lamps, and is perfectly self-sufficient in water thanks to the exploitation and recycling of condensation water.

The ultimate goal is to create a self-sustainable system that does not require excessive costs of construction.

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