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Food Technology Research
Jun 13, 2022
Nano-Sensor Detects Pesticides on Fruit in Minutes

Nano-Sensor Detects Pesticides on Fruit in Minutes

Researchers have developed a tiny sensor for detecting pesticides on fruit in just a few minutes. The technique uses flame-sprayed nanoparticles made from silver to increase the signal of chemicals. While still at an early stage, the researchers hope these nano-sensors could help uncover food pesticides before consumption.
Food Technology Research
Jun 8, 2022
Solinftec Expands New AgTech Robot in Canada

Solinftec Expands New AgTech Robot in Canada

Solinftec will expand the launch of its new cutting edge AgTech robotic platform, Solix Ag Robotics, into Canada in partnership with Stone Farms and the University of Saskatchewan. The new technology aims to provide farmers and agronomists a new level of information to increase yields, improve the usage of inputs, lower environmental impact, and support the global demand for food supply. The goal is to have the robot commercially available for the 2023 season for wheat crops.
Food Technology Research
Jun 6, 2022
Automation Technology Could Help Vertical Farms Achieve Profitability

Automation Technology Could Help Vertical Farms Achieve Profitability

IDTechEx has recently released "Vertical Farming: 2022-2032", a market research report exploring the technology and market factors of the vertical farming industry, which has attracted much attention from investors over recent years. The vertical farming industry raised over $1 billion in funding in 2021, a record high that exceeded the combined funding generated in 2018 and 2019.
Food Technology Research
Jun 3, 2022
Towards Customizable Timber, Grown in a Lab

Towards Customizable Timber, Grown in a Lab

Each year, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest — an area about the size of Iceland — because of deforestation. At that rate, some scientists predict the world's forests could disappear in 100 to 200 years. In an effort to provide an environmentally friendly and low-waste alternative, researchers have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in a lab, which could enable someone to "grow" a wooden product like a table without needing to cut down trees, process lumber, etc.
Food Technology Research
Jun 3, 2022
Automated Drones Could Scare Birds off Agricultural Fields

Automated Drones Could Scare Birds off Agricultural Fields

In the future, cameras could spot blackbirds feeding on grapes in a vineyard and launch drones to drive off the avian irritants, then return to watch for the next invading flock. All without a human nearby.
Food Technology Research
May 27, 2022
Gene Edited Tomatoes Could be a New Source of Vitamin D

Gene Edited Tomatoes Could be a New Source of Vitamin D

Tomatoes gene-edited to produce vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, could be a simple and sustainable innovation to address a global health problem. Researchers used gene editing to turn off a specific molecule in the plant's genome which increased provitamin D3 in both the fruit and leaves of tomato plants. It was then converted to vitamin D3 through exposure to UVB light.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Event Summary: Renewable Materials Conference 2022

Event Summary: Renewable Materials Conference 2022

The Renewable Materials Conference 2022 combines the three renewable alternatives to fossil-based materials: recycling, bio- and CO2-based. The three-day event was hosted by the nova-Institute in Cologne, Germany, and was attended by over 400 visitors. Suppliers of raw materials, refiners, and chemical/materials manufacturers and experts in the industry presented the progress and latest insights into recycling, bio-based materials, and carbon dioxide utilization. Challenges to the industry and opportunities were discussed in depth throughout presentations and panel discussions, and several key themes emerged from the conference. Many attendees represented brand owners, looking to replace their current materials in products and packaging with renewable alternatives. In this article, IDTechEx explores themes that emerged from this conference, and discusses the technologies presented.
Food Technology Research
May 25, 2022
Using AI to Predict Life-Threatening Bacterial Disease in Dogs

Using AI to Predict Life-Threatening Bacterial Disease in Dogs

Leptospirosis, a disease that dogs can get from drinking water contaminated with Leptospira bacteria, can cause kidney failure, liver disease and severe bleeding into the lungs. Early detection of the disease is crucial and may mean the difference between life and death.
Food Technology Research
May 20, 2022
Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on Service Robots

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on Service Robots

Thursday 26 May 2022 - Summary of service robots; Dominant and non-dominant applications of service robots; Analysis of the drivers and barriers to the non-dominant applications; Introduction of major market players; Opportunities and market gaps of the non-dominant applications; and more!
Food Technology Research
May 11, 2022
Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions

Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions

About 50% of the methane that California emits comes from dairy farms. In order to meet strict climate goals, the state has proposed ways to regulate dairy methane emissions. But these efforts run up against a big problem: There isn't currently a reliable way for dairy farmers to measure the amount of methane produced on their farm.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
PHA Biopolyesters

PHA Biopolyesters

PHAs are a class of biopolyesters produced by microbes fed with sugar and fatty feedstocks such as organic waste. Their renewability, as well as their biodegradability, make these materials suitable alternatives to fossil-based plastics, particularly for applications in single-use plastics, yet historically PHA suppliers have struggled with high prices and low production. Recent developments in the industry, as well as the rising cost of brent crude, are making these biopolyesters more competitive against fossil-based plastics.
Food Technology Research
May 9, 2022
New Wearable Technology - For Plants

New Wearable Technology - For Plants

Plants can't speak up when they are thirsty. And visual signs, such as shriveling or browning leaves, don't start until most of their water is gone. To detect water loss earlier, researchers have created a wearable sensor for plant leaves. The system wirelessly transmits data to a smartphone app, allowing for remote management of drought stress in gardens and crops.
Food Technology Research
May 9, 2022
New Research to Minimise Impact of Wind Energy on Migratory Birds

New Research to Minimise Impact of Wind Energy on Migratory Birds

The development of wind energy is expanding worldwide in an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. However, locations ideal for harvesting wind energy often overlap with wildlife concentrations, potentially leading to collisions and habitat loss. Researchers have found that data collected by weather radar networks could be used to reduce collisions and minimize habitat-related impacts of wind turbines on nocturnally migrating birds.
Food Technology Research
May 4, 2022
Join the Upcoming Webinar on Service Robots - Who Are the Winners?

Join the Upcoming Webinar on Service Robots - Who Are the Winners?

Thursday 12 May 2022, presented by IDTechEx Technology Analyst Yulin Wang - Service Robots: Automate People's Lives and Multiple Industries - Who Are the Winners?
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Plant Polysaccharide Bioplastics

Plant Polysaccharide Bioplastics

Single-use plastics account for between 30-50% of all plastic applications. Eliminating single-use plastics poses opportunities for alternative materials to supplant their applications. Materials that are biodegradable and home compostable, rather than requiring industrial composting, are particularly valuable. For this reason, there is much interest around plant polysaccharides as a source of biodegradable material. In this premium article, IDTechEx discusses three key polysaccharides derived from plants and seaweeds: nanocellulose, thermoplastic starch, and seaweed-derived hydrocolloids.
Food Technology Research
Apr 26, 2022
Service Robots Set to Revolutionize Various Industries

Service Robots Set to Revolutionize Various Industries

The service robotics industry has grown quickly in recent years, spurred on by advances in robotics technology and artificial intelligence (AI), and maybe set to help alleviate some of the labor issues across multiple industries.
Food Technology Research
Apr 26, 2022
Automated Analysis of Animal Behaviour

Automated Analysis of Animal Behaviour

Researchers have developed a new method that uses artificial intelligence to analyse animal behaviour. This opens the door to longer-​term in-​depth studies in the field of behavioural science - while also helping to improve animal welfare. The method is already being tested at Zurich Zoo.
Food Technology Research
Apr 15, 2022
Artificial Intelligence can Grow a Lettuce Crop Autonomously

Artificial Intelligence can Grow a Lettuce Crop Autonomously

The five international teams participating in the final rounds of the 3rd Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have completed the first try-out experiment. The teams tested their algorithms and gained experience during a first crop cycle with lettuce.
Food Technology Research
Apr 15, 2022
World's First Quantum Dot LED Lights Developed from Rice Husks

World's First Quantum Dot LED Lights Developed from Rice Husks

Milling rice to separate the grain from the husks produces about 100 million tons of rice husk waste globally each year. Scientists searching for a scalable method to fabricate quantum dots have developed a way to recycle rice husks to create the first silicon quantum dot LED light. Their new method transforms agricultural waste into state-of-the-art light-emitting diodes in a low-cost, environmentally friendly way.
Food Technology Research
Apr 12, 2022
Hyperspectral Imaging Enables Improved Machine Vision

Hyperspectral Imaging Enables Improved Machine Vision

Machine vision is increasingly important for many applications, such as object classification. However, relying on conventional RGB imaging is sometimes insufficient - the input images are just too similar, regardless of algorithmic sophistication. Hyperspectral imaging adds the extra dimension of wavelength to conventional images, providing a much richer data set.
Food Technology Research
Jun 13, 2022
Nano-Sensor Detects Pesticides on Fruit in Minutes

Nano-Sensor Detects Pesticides on Fruit in Minutes

Researchers have developed a tiny sensor for detecting pesticides on fruit in just a few minutes. The technique uses flame-sprayed nanoparticles made from silver to increase the signal of chemicals. While still at an early stage, the researchers hope these nano-sensors could help uncover food pesticides before consumption.
Food Technology Research
Jun 6, 2022
Automation Technology Could Help Vertical Farms Achieve Profitability

Automation Technology Could Help Vertical Farms Achieve Profitability

IDTechEx has recently released "Vertical Farming: 2022-2032", a market research report exploring the technology and market factors of the vertical farming industry, which has attracted much attention from investors over recent years. The vertical farming industry raised over $1 billion in funding in 2021, a record high that exceeded the combined funding generated in 2018 and 2019.
Food Technology Research
Jun 3, 2022
Automated Drones Could Scare Birds off Agricultural Fields

Automated Drones Could Scare Birds off Agricultural Fields

In the future, cameras could spot blackbirds feeding on grapes in a vineyard and launch drones to drive off the avian irritants, then return to watch for the next invading flock. All without a human nearby.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Event Summary: Renewable Materials Conference 2022

Event Summary: Renewable Materials Conference 2022

The Renewable Materials Conference 2022 combines the three renewable alternatives to fossil-based materials: recycling, bio- and CO2-based. The three-day event was hosted by the nova-Institute in Cologne, Germany, and was attended by over 400 visitors. Suppliers of raw materials, refiners, and chemical/materials manufacturers and experts in the industry presented the progress and latest insights into recycling, bio-based materials, and carbon dioxide utilization. Challenges to the industry and opportunities were discussed in depth throughout presentations and panel discussions, and several key themes emerged from the conference. Many attendees represented brand owners, looking to replace their current materials in products and packaging with renewable alternatives. In this article, IDTechEx explores themes that emerged from this conference, and discusses the technologies presented.
Food Technology Research
May 20, 2022
Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on Service Robots

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on Service Robots

Thursday 26 May 2022 - Summary of service robots; Dominant and non-dominant applications of service robots; Analysis of the drivers and barriers to the non-dominant applications; Introduction of major market players; Opportunities and market gaps of the non-dominant applications; and more!
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
PHA Biopolyesters

PHA Biopolyesters

PHAs are a class of biopolyesters produced by microbes fed with sugar and fatty feedstocks such as organic waste. Their renewability, as well as their biodegradability, make these materials suitable alternatives to fossil-based plastics, particularly for applications in single-use plastics, yet historically PHA suppliers have struggled with high prices and low production. Recent developments in the industry, as well as the rising cost of brent crude, are making these biopolyesters more competitive against fossil-based plastics.
Food Technology Research
May 9, 2022
New Research to Minimise Impact of Wind Energy on Migratory Birds

New Research to Minimise Impact of Wind Energy on Migratory Birds

The development of wind energy is expanding worldwide in an effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change. However, locations ideal for harvesting wind energy often overlap with wildlife concentrations, potentially leading to collisions and habitat loss. Researchers have found that data collected by weather radar networks could be used to reduce collisions and minimize habitat-related impacts of wind turbines on nocturnally migrating birds.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Plant Polysaccharide Bioplastics

Plant Polysaccharide Bioplastics

Single-use plastics account for between 30-50% of all plastic applications. Eliminating single-use plastics poses opportunities for alternative materials to supplant their applications. Materials that are biodegradable and home compostable, rather than requiring industrial composting, are particularly valuable. For this reason, there is much interest around plant polysaccharides as a source of biodegradable material. In this premium article, IDTechEx discusses three key polysaccharides derived from plants and seaweeds: nanocellulose, thermoplastic starch, and seaweed-derived hydrocolloids.
Food Technology Research
Apr 26, 2022
Automated Analysis of Animal Behaviour

Automated Analysis of Animal Behaviour

Researchers have developed a new method that uses artificial intelligence to analyse animal behaviour. This opens the door to longer-​term in-​depth studies in the field of behavioural science - while also helping to improve animal welfare. The method is already being tested at Zurich Zoo.
Food Technology Research
Apr 15, 2022
World's First Quantum Dot LED Lights Developed from Rice Husks

World's First Quantum Dot LED Lights Developed from Rice Husks

Milling rice to separate the grain from the husks produces about 100 million tons of rice husk waste globally each year. Scientists searching for a scalable method to fabricate quantum dots have developed a way to recycle rice husks to create the first silicon quantum dot LED light. Their new method transforms agricultural waste into state-of-the-art light-emitting diodes in a low-cost, environmentally friendly way.
Food Technology Research
Jun 8, 2022
Solinftec Expands New AgTech Robot in Canada

Solinftec Expands New AgTech Robot in Canada

Solinftec will expand the launch of its new cutting edge AgTech robotic platform, Solix Ag Robotics, into Canada in partnership with Stone Farms and the University of Saskatchewan. The new technology aims to provide farmers and agronomists a new level of information to increase yields, improve the usage of inputs, lower environmental impact, and support the global demand for food supply. The goal is to have the robot commercially available for the 2023 season for wheat crops.
Food Technology Research
Jun 3, 2022
Towards Customizable Timber, Grown in a Lab

Towards Customizable Timber, Grown in a Lab

Each year, the world loses about 10 million hectares of forest — an area about the size of Iceland — because of deforestation. At that rate, some scientists predict the world's forests could disappear in 100 to 200 years. In an effort to provide an environmentally friendly and low-waste alternative, researchers have pioneered a tunable technique to generate wood-like plant material in a lab, which could enable someone to "grow" a wooden product like a table without needing to cut down trees, process lumber, etc.
Food Technology Research
May 27, 2022
Gene Edited Tomatoes Could be a New Source of Vitamin D

Gene Edited Tomatoes Could be a New Source of Vitamin D

Tomatoes gene-edited to produce vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, could be a simple and sustainable innovation to address a global health problem. Researchers used gene editing to turn off a specific molecule in the plant's genome which increased provitamin D3 in both the fruit and leaves of tomato plants. It was then converted to vitamin D3 through exposure to UVB light.
Food Technology Research
May 25, 2022
Using AI to Predict Life-Threatening Bacterial Disease in Dogs

Using AI to Predict Life-Threatening Bacterial Disease in Dogs

Leptospirosis, a disease that dogs can get from drinking water contaminated with Leptospira bacteria, can cause kidney failure, liver disease and severe bleeding into the lungs. Early detection of the disease is crucial and may mean the difference between life and death.
Food Technology Research
May 11, 2022
Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions

Drones Can Help Dairy Farms Manage Methane Emissions

About 50% of the methane that California emits comes from dairy farms. In order to meet strict climate goals, the state has proposed ways to regulate dairy methane emissions. But these efforts run up against a big problem: There isn't currently a reliable way for dairy farmers to measure the amount of methane produced on their farm.
Food Technology Research
May 9, 2022
New Wearable Technology - For Plants

New Wearable Technology - For Plants

Plants can't speak up when they are thirsty. And visual signs, such as shriveling or browning leaves, don't start until most of their water is gone. To detect water loss earlier, researchers have created a wearable sensor for plant leaves. The system wirelessly transmits data to a smartphone app, allowing for remote management of drought stress in gardens and crops.
Food Technology Research
May 4, 2022
Join the Upcoming Webinar on Service Robots - Who Are the Winners?

Join the Upcoming Webinar on Service Robots - Who Are the Winners?

Thursday 12 May 2022, presented by IDTechEx Technology Analyst Yulin Wang - Service Robots: Automate People's Lives and Multiple Industries - Who Are the Winners?
Food Technology Research
Apr 26, 2022
Service Robots Set to Revolutionize Various Industries

Service Robots Set to Revolutionize Various Industries

The service robotics industry has grown quickly in recent years, spurred on by advances in robotics technology and artificial intelligence (AI), and maybe set to help alleviate some of the labor issues across multiple industries.
Food Technology Research
Apr 15, 2022
Artificial Intelligence can Grow a Lettuce Crop Autonomously

Artificial Intelligence can Grow a Lettuce Crop Autonomously

The five international teams participating in the final rounds of the 3rd Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have completed the first try-out experiment. The teams tested their algorithms and gained experience during a first crop cycle with lettuce.
Food Technology Research
Apr 12, 2022
Hyperspectral Imaging Enables Improved Machine Vision

Hyperspectral Imaging Enables Improved Machine Vision

Machine vision is increasingly important for many applications, such as object classification. However, relying on conventional RGB imaging is sometimes insufficient - the input images are just too similar, regardless of algorithmic sophistication. Hyperspectral imaging adds the extra dimension of wavelength to conventional images, providing a much richer data set.
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