From community vegie gardens to vast vertical farms, city-based cropping ventures are proliferating as the coronavirus pandemic up-ends food supply chains and heightens food-security fears.
Australia-based crop scientist Oula Ghannoum discusses how tech-enabled protected cropping can boost food-supply-chain resilience – right now, and in a post-pandemic world.
Wageningen University & Research’s successful second Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge yielded powerful insights and ‘globally applicable’ algorithms, with AI teams outperforming human growers.
Glasshouse producer-marketer Flavorite is emulating the European horticulture sector, growing cucumbers in high-tech glasshouses in a bid to bring year-round consistency to Australia’s cucumber supply chain.
Wageningen, the Netherlands’ premier protected-cropping research institute, has chosen a broad-spectrum LED solution from Fluence for its Serre Red greenhouse, which will conduct critical research into the world’s most costly crop diseases.
Sydney-based inventor David Soo has grown vanilla worth $600,000 in a custom-made high-tech geodome in which everything can be controlled remotely via smartphone.
The supply-chain disruption precipitated by the pandemic shutdown may provide the motivation needed to reinvigorate urban agriculture, contends protected cropping expert Oula Ghannoum.
Fresh Local Produce of Ohio is reaping the benefits of its automated production system, with huge demand for its pre-packed salads in the COVID-19 shutdown.
Scanit Technologies has netted US$250,000 in prize money with its novel in-field platform that detects airborne plant pathogens and alerts growers, enabling them to take action to prevent potentially devastating crop infections.