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State-of-the-art fruit and vegetable lab unveiled

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TOKYO —

A state-of-the-art laboratory to grow vegetables and fruit using advanced technologies was shown to the press Tuesday in a lobby of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Ministry officials said people can harvest lettuce and tomatoes throughout the year by controlling the temperature and the amount of light provided by light-emitting diodes in the 12-square-meter lab.

The laboratory developed by Espec Mic Corp in Aichi Prefecture can also control humidity and the amount of carbon dioxide, which is necessary for photosynthesis, they said. The government believes such labs could be installed in locations such as vacant stores, although they are more costly than plastic greenhouses, the officials said.

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