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Company Grows a New Form of Lettuce

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Fujitsu, a Japanese electronics company, has successfully harvested low-potassium lettuce and has begun to sell it to the public. Fujitsu Limited, a Japanese electronics company, has successfully harvested low-potassium lettuce and has begun to sell it to the public. "This lettuce is very special. It has very low potassium." [ARMdevices.net] Individuals who suffer from illnesses such as kidney disease can't tolerate excess amounts of the mineral in their diet, so the development is one that's welcomed by many. To grow the vegetable, the company used a process patented by the Akita Prefectural University. Normally, potassium levels can only be decreased using heat, which is clearly potentially harmful to delicate crops such as lettuce. The scientist who developed the type being used by Fujitsu did so by growing it in a potassium-free solution. Not only is the supercomputer company using one of its clean rooms as a cultivation and harvest space, they've added sensors and cloud computing to the process. Combined, the technologies allowed them to pinpoint ideal growing conditions and environments as well keep microorganism development to a minimum. At this time the supply and distribution are limited and the lettuce is more expensive than a typical bunch at Japanese grocery stores. Fujitsu is looking to expand the market for its current product and is hoping to see annual revenues of around 4 million dollars by early 2017.