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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.
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Vertical Farms: Moving Beyond Leafy Greens?

Vertical Farms: Moving Beyond Leafy Greens?

This premium article looks into vertical farming beyond leafy greens. It will give an introduction to vertical farming, as well as looking at current crops being grown by vertical farms and the limitations of those crops. Additionally, it will give an analysis of the crops vertical farming companies are looking to grow and explore the current market players.
Food Technology Research
Apr 11, 2022
Robot Bees to Stimulate Pollination

Robot Bees to Stimulate Pollination

Two scientists from the UK and the US have been jointly awarded £640,000 to build microrobots that simulate the buzzing of bees. Over three years the scientists will work to build tiny robots that can reproduce the buzzes of pollinating bees.
Food Technology Research
Apr 6, 2022
Kennedy Scientists Develop New Way to Plant, Nourish Seeds in Space

Kennedy Scientists Develop New Way to Plant, Nourish Seeds in Space

What started five years ago as a casual conversation among a small group at NASA's Kennedy Space Center recently showed results that one day may help feed astronauts on long-duration space missions. Plant researchers at the Florida spaceport had been chatting about new ways to plant crops in microgravity when they came up with the idea of a seed film.
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How Viable Are Aquaponics Methods in Vertical Farming?

How Viable Are Aquaponics Methods in Vertical Farming?

This premium article looks into aquaponics methods in vertical farming, with an introduction to vertical farming and aquaponics, the difficulties associated with aquaponics, and examples of companies in the market.
Food Technology Research
Apr 1, 2022
Artificial Intelligence Locates "Invisible" Water in Mali and Chad

Artificial Intelligence Locates "Invisible" Water in Mali and Chad

Using algorithms and artificial intelligence, a research team has designed a tool which, in its initial trials, proved capable of predicting those areas with best access to potable groundwater in Africa, with a success rate of close to 90%.
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Lighting Systems in Vertical Farms

Lighting Systems in Vertical Farms

This premium article looks into lighting systems in vertical farms. It introduces vertical farming, explores light recipes and choosing the right LEDS for a vertical farm, and looks at key market players.
Food Technology Research
Mar 24, 2022
Low-Cost Sensing Assists Climate Adaptation

Low-Cost Sensing Assists Climate Adaptation

'What gets measured gets managed' is a well-known adage in business, but could it also be applied to mitigating the effects of climate change? The recently published IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report emphasizes the importance of adaptation alongside emission reduction.
Food Technology Research
Mar 23, 2022
The Sea Urchin Vacuum

The Sea Urchin Vacuum

Developed in Norway, the C Disc is a mobile and efficient diver-operated tool that can be used for harvesting various species from the seabed. The technology is designed to increase the catch rate, compared to traditional hand-picking by divers. With improved efficiency, the C Disc could help make sea urchin harvesting a sustainable and commercially viable venture in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Food Technology Research
Mar 21, 2022
Tiny Battery-Free Sensors Float in The Wind like Dandelion Seeds

Tiny Battery-Free Sensors Float in The Wind like Dandelion Seeds

Wireless sensors can monitor how temperature, humidity or other environmental conditions vary across large swaths of land, such as farms or forests. These tools could provide unique insights for a variety of applications, including digital agriculture and monitoring climate change.
Food Technology Research
Mar 17, 2022
Eye-Safe, Herbicide-Free, Carbon Neutral Weeding System

Eye-Safe, Herbicide-Free, Carbon Neutral Weeding System

The LightWeeder is a world-first eye-safe, herbicide-free, carbon neutral, commercially viable weeding system delivered by lightweight autonomous field robots via UK agri-robotics company and Agri-EPI Centre member, Earth Rover.
Food Technology Research
Mar 10, 2022
AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to set a new world record for producing algae as a reliable, economic source for biofuel that can be used as an alternative fuel source for jet aircraft and other transportation needs.
Food Technology Research
Mar 4, 2022
Hyperspectral Sensing and AI for Monitoring Soil Carbon

Hyperspectral Sensing and AI for Monitoring Soil Carbon

Just how much carbon is in the soil? That's a tough question to answer at large spatial scales, but understanding soil organic carbon at regional, national, or global scales could help scientists predict overall soil health, crop productivity, and even worldwide carbon cycles.
Food Technology Research
Mar 3, 2022
These Solar Panels Pull in Water Vapour to Grow Crops in the Desert

These Solar Panels Pull in Water Vapour to Grow Crops in the Desert

Using a unique hydrogel, scientists have created a solar-driven system that successfully grows spinach by using water drawn from the air while producing electricity. The proof-of-concept design offers a sustainable, low-cost strategy to improve food and water security for people living in dry-climate regions.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Agricultural Hydrogels

Agricultural Hydrogels

The use of hydrogel water holding enhancing water and nutrient use efficiency will become more important over time, especially in arid and semiarid regions with limiting water availability.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Agriculture: big winners and losers ahead

Agriculture: big winners and losers ahead

Russia and Canada will grow wheat and temperate crops in their former icy wastelands as global warming progresses. The trend is already upwards.
Food Technology Research
Feb 15, 2022
What is Holding Back Agricultural Robotics?

What is Holding Back Agricultural Robotics?

With the advancement of technologies and robotics, as well as the increasing challenges facing the agricultural industry (e.g., labor shortage, high labor costs, etc.), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are widely considered as an approach to revolutionize farming. Robots have several advantages over human labor including higher accuracy and efficiency, better consistency and reliability, lower operational costs, and many others. As such, more and more farmers decide to adopt robots (also commonly known as Agbots) and automation to make their businesses more sustainable and efficient.
Food Technology Research
Feb 1, 2022
New Hydrogel Types, Applications, Opportunities

New Hydrogel Types, Applications, Opportunities

Gymnast of chemicals, the awesome hydrogel is a 3D network of hydrophilic polymers like a giant molecule that can swell in water and hold at least 10% of water while maintaining a well-defined structure. Medical hydrogels currently dominate hydrogel publicity, patents, and research but the rest will become a larger business 2022-2042.
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.
Food Technology Research
Apr 11, 2022
Robot Bees to Stimulate Pollination

Robot Bees to Stimulate Pollination

Two scientists from the UK and the US have been jointly awarded £640,000 to build microrobots that simulate the buzzing of bees. Over three years the scientists will work to build tiny robots that can reproduce the buzzes of pollinating bees.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
How Viable Are Aquaponics Methods in Vertical Farming?

How Viable Are Aquaponics Methods in Vertical Farming?

This premium article looks into aquaponics methods in vertical farming, with an introduction to vertical farming and aquaponics, the difficulties associated with aquaponics, and examples of companies in the market.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Lighting Systems in Vertical Farms

Lighting Systems in Vertical Farms

This premium article looks into lighting systems in vertical farms. It introduces vertical farming, explores light recipes and choosing the right LEDS for a vertical farm, and looks at key market players.
Food Technology Research
Mar 23, 2022
The Sea Urchin Vacuum

The Sea Urchin Vacuum

Developed in Norway, the C Disc is a mobile and efficient diver-operated tool that can be used for harvesting various species from the seabed. The technology is designed to increase the catch rate, compared to traditional hand-picking by divers. With improved efficiency, the C Disc could help make sea urchin harvesting a sustainable and commercially viable venture in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Food Technology Research
Mar 17, 2022
Eye-Safe, Herbicide-Free, Carbon Neutral Weeding System

Eye-Safe, Herbicide-Free, Carbon Neutral Weeding System

The LightWeeder is a world-first eye-safe, herbicide-free, carbon neutral, commercially viable weeding system delivered by lightweight autonomous field robots via UK agri-robotics company and Agri-EPI Centre member, Earth Rover.
Food Technology Research
Mar 4, 2022
Hyperspectral Sensing and AI for Monitoring Soil Carbon

Hyperspectral Sensing and AI for Monitoring Soil Carbon

Just how much carbon is in the soil? That's a tough question to answer at large spatial scales, but understanding soil organic carbon at regional, national, or global scales could help scientists predict overall soil health, crop productivity, and even worldwide carbon cycles.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Agricultural Hydrogels

Agricultural Hydrogels

The use of hydrogel water holding enhancing water and nutrient use efficiency will become more important over time, especially in arid and semiarid regions with limiting water availability.
Food Technology Research
Feb 15, 2022
What is Holding Back Agricultural Robotics?

What is Holding Back Agricultural Robotics?

With the advancement of technologies and robotics, as well as the increasing challenges facing the agricultural industry (e.g., labor shortage, high labor costs, etc.), robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are widely considered as an approach to revolutionize farming. Robots have several advantages over human labor including higher accuracy and efficiency, better consistency and reliability, lower operational costs, and many others. As such, more and more farmers decide to adopt robots (also commonly known as Agbots) and automation to make their businesses more sustainable and efficient.
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.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Vertical Farms: Moving Beyond Leafy Greens?

Vertical Farms: Moving Beyond Leafy Greens?

This premium article looks into vertical farming beyond leafy greens. It will give an introduction to vertical farming, as well as looking at current crops being grown by vertical farms and the limitations of those crops. Additionally, it will give an analysis of the crops vertical farming companies are looking to grow and explore the current market players.
Food Technology Research
Apr 6, 2022
Kennedy Scientists Develop New Way to Plant, Nourish Seeds in Space

Kennedy Scientists Develop New Way to Plant, Nourish Seeds in Space

What started five years ago as a casual conversation among a small group at NASA's Kennedy Space Center recently showed results that one day may help feed astronauts on long-duration space missions. Plant researchers at the Florida spaceport had been chatting about new ways to plant crops in microgravity when they came up with the idea of a seed film.
Food Technology Research
Apr 1, 2022
Artificial Intelligence Locates "Invisible" Water in Mali and Chad

Artificial Intelligence Locates "Invisible" Water in Mali and Chad

Using algorithms and artificial intelligence, a research team has designed a tool which, in its initial trials, proved capable of predicting those areas with best access to potable groundwater in Africa, with a success rate of close to 90%.
Food Technology Research
Mar 24, 2022
Low-Cost Sensing Assists Climate Adaptation

Low-Cost Sensing Assists Climate Adaptation

'What gets measured gets managed' is a well-known adage in business, but could it also be applied to mitigating the effects of climate change? The recently published IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report emphasizes the importance of adaptation alongside emission reduction.
Food Technology Research
Mar 21, 2022
Tiny Battery-Free Sensors Float in The Wind like Dandelion Seeds

Tiny Battery-Free Sensors Float in The Wind like Dandelion Seeds

Wireless sensors can monitor how temperature, humidity or other environmental conditions vary across large swaths of land, such as farms or forests. These tools could provide unique insights for a variety of applications, including digital agriculture and monitoring climate change.
Food Technology Research
Mar 10, 2022
AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

AI Predicts Algae Potential as Alternative Energy Source

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to set a new world record for producing algae as a reliable, economic source for biofuel that can be used as an alternative fuel source for jet aircraft and other transportation needs.
Food Technology Research
Mar 3, 2022
These Solar Panels Pull in Water Vapour to Grow Crops in the Desert

These Solar Panels Pull in Water Vapour to Grow Crops in the Desert

Using a unique hydrogel, scientists have created a solar-driven system that successfully grows spinach by using water drawn from the air while producing electricity. The proof-of-concept design offers a sustainable, low-cost strategy to improve food and water security for people living in dry-climate regions.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Agriculture: big winners and losers ahead

Agriculture: big winners and losers ahead

Russia and Canada will grow wheat and temperate crops in their former icy wastelands as global warming progresses. The trend is already upwards.
Food Technology Research
Feb 1, 2022
New Hydrogel Types, Applications, Opportunities

New Hydrogel Types, Applications, Opportunities

Gymnast of chemicals, the awesome hydrogel is a 3D network of hydrophilic polymers like a giant molecule that can swell in water and hold at least 10% of water while maintaining a well-defined structure. Medical hydrogels currently dominate hydrogel publicity, patents, and research but the rest will become a larger business 2022-2042.
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