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