Tech revolution on the farm

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Start-ups are using cutting-edge ideas to transform agriculture.

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Simria ALG

Sweden, 2011

SEAWEED EXPERT

This Swedish company grows omega-3-rich algae at a farm on the Baltic coast. Its products are available both directly to consumers and to business clients that add them to their food production. In March 2015, the start-up raised €11 million to develop its farming facilities.


Gamaya

Switzerland, 2014

THE DISEASE DETECTOR

This Swiss start-up has developed a system to survey farmland using ultra-compact optical sensors installed on drones. Based on an electromagnetic spectrum, the system can detect diseases, insect infestations or nutrient deficiency in plants.

23-05-2016: EPFL spin-off Gamaya has just raised 3.2 million francs for its agricultural drone system! Read more about Gamaya,  in “A world of invisible colours“.


Flux

Israel, 2014

MONITORING YOUR PLANTS

Flux has invented a small plastic device that constantly monitors a plant’s health. The programme, installed on a tablet or smartphone, tells the user what to do to keep the plant healthy. @iconyclabs


PlantLab

Netherlands, 2010

VEGGIES IN THE LAB

PlantLab grows plants without sunlight while using only 10 per cent of the water used on a traditional farm. Its production process is 15 per cent more efficient, while also taking up less space.


Farmeron

Croatia and U.S., 2011

COWS IN THE CLOUD

The pioneers at Farmeron have applied technology to optimise milk production. Their system shows dairy farmers the quantity of milk each cow produces and how much water it drinks. It also helps them monitor their herd’s health and vaccination schedule.


Airinov

France, 2010

FARM DRONES

Airinov has developed a drone that takes photos of each square metre of farmland to analyse soil health. The farmer can then adjust the amount of fertiliser and pesticide used.

Read (again) our long feature about High-tech farming (Issue #5)

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