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Meet the robots that can pick and plant better than we can

It seems there are few jobs robots can't do these days, even the most delicate jobs, like picking asparagus or potting plant seedlings.<p>But they're only needed because humans can't - or won't - do the work, farmers say.<p>BBC Click's Jen Copestake investigates the world of robo-farming.

Robots

With a Precious Crop Under Threat, Scientists Scramble for Solutions

Wheat provides about one-fifth of all calories consumed by human populations worldwide. A virulent crop fungus could impact billions of people.<p><i>The</i> …

Agriculture

Vital Plant Communication with Bacteria and Fungus

<b>Several of the most important factors needed for plant survival are very dependent upon extremely complex back and forth, multi-layered communication</b> …

High temps pose double threat to crops - Futurity

New research on plant defenses is "important for keeping food on the table."

Monsanto offers cash to U.S. farmers who use controversial chemical

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Monsanto Co will give cash back to U.S. farmers who buy a weed killer that has been linked to widespread crop damage, offering an incentive to apply its product even as regulators in several U.S. states weigh restrictions on its use.<p>The incentive to use XtendiMax with VaporGrip, …

Agriculture

Swiss scientists pioneer 3D printing with live organisms

Research into three- and four-dimensional printing methods has been advancing rapidly in recent years, but materials scientists at the Swiss Federal …

3D Printing

Gene breakthrough

RESEARCHERS from The University of Queensland have discovered that a key gene that controls flowering time in wheat and barley crops also directs the …

Fall armyworm is threatening half of Africa's corn harvest

Two years ago, the voracious caterpillar emerged in southern Africa. Since then, it has spread to 38 countries on the continent. The World Food and …

Insects

Emertec: The Next M&A Revolution in Agrifood Tech Will be in Robotics

We caught up with Eric Marty, investment manager at Emertec Gestion since 2004, to find out why his firm is betting on farm robotics.The post …

Robotics

Report: Agriculture in Top 5 Most Automatable Industries, Above Retail

In a comprehensive assessment of the potential for automation by McKinsey, agriculture ranked fourth with a 57% potential for automation, behind …

Automation

More and more pests are defeating biotech crops - Futurity

Two billion acres of Bt crops have been planted around the world over the last two decades. It's a vast experiment in the evolution of pest …

This Midwestern Greenhouse Has Perfected The Art Of Growing Quality Tomatoes Year-Round

No more ruining deli sandwiches–and no more shipping bad tomatoes across the country. MightyVine’s hydroponic technology produces ripe, red tomatoes, on land close to the city.<p>A few years ago, as a food industry entrepreneur in Chicago, Gary Lazarski started to notice something that bothered him. …

Aquaponics

Farm Dog Technologies To Help American Farmers Combating Pest And Crop Disease

In order to help American farmers combating pest and crop disease, the leading pest and disease management company, Farm Dog Technologies, has signed …

Farming

Teaching the world how to make the desert bloom

People come to the Ramat Negev Agro-Research Center from all over the world to study how Israel grows things in the desert and how to fight …

Self-sufficiency

Are Vertical Farms the Future of Farming?

This is the sort of conversation explored in Peter Diamandis’s online community called Abundance 360 Digital (A360D). If you want access to the A360D …

Peter Diamandis

To restore our soils, feed the microbes

Our soils are in trouble. Over the past century, we’ve abused them with plowing, tilling and too much fertilizer.<p>What many think of as “just dirt” is …

Farming

Research showing how nematodes use smell to select new insect hosts could improve biological control of crop pests

Tiny eel-like creatures called nematodes are surrounding us. While they can be free-living (a cup of soil or seawater contains thousands), the most …

Biology

3D metal printer raises VC at $1 billion valuation

Desktop Metal, a Massachusetts-based maker of 3D metal printing systems, has raised $115 million in Series D venture capital funding. Investors …

3D Printing

This AgTech Startup Just Built A Coinstar For Coffee

In one fell swoop, coffee farmers in African and South American markets will be able to leapfrog ahead in technology – moving from carbon paper copies and promises of payment to being able to be instantly paid for their coffee digitally.<p>That’s the vision, anyway, that CEO Dan Jones has for his …

Agriculture

Edible Innovations: Going Vertical Is a Smarter Way to Farm

<i>From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara</i> …

Urban Agriculture

Vinegar—A New Way for Crops to Fight Drought?

We all know vinegar is a home and garden all-star. It can serve as a cleaner, as a pesticide, and has more uses.Normally, plants like to break down …

Farming

Agriculture startup raises $7M to grow apples, cherries, and nuts in high-tech gel

Phytelligence is raising more cash to further develop its technology that helps grow food crops like apples, cherries, hops, and nuts more …

Washington State University

China and UK work to cultivate cutting-edge farming technology

Drones that plant seeds, robots that pick fruit, smart boots that absorb data about the health of poultry-they are all innovations in agricultural …

New approach to unlock the genetic potential of plant cell wall

Researchers from the University of York and the Quadram Institute have unlocked the genetic secrets of plant cell walls, which could help improve the …

Genetics

Lettuce-Weeding Robots, Coming Soon to a Farm Near You | Inc.com

Heraud recalls that he and Redden asked themselves, "OK, what do we do first? What do we do next?" They started with lettuce, because it was a year-round crop, grown locally in California. Heraud and Redden devoted their energy to research and development and began to staff up. They built …

Farming

Lakewood hydroponic farm works to be “next step” for agriculture

Joshua Polson, The Greeley TribuneTommy Romano stands alongside some of lettuce being grown at Infinite Harvest, 5825 West 6th Ave. Frontage Road in …

Aquaponics

These Food Computers Use AI To Make “Climate Recipes” For The Best-Tasting Crops

The tech-filled greenhouses can adjust growing conditions over and over again until they find the combination of light, humidity, and other factors that make the most delicious vegetables.<p>Inside a shipping container-sized box at MIT Media Lab, crops of basil are growing in micro-climates designed …

Artificial Intelligence

Climate Corp Expands Crop Analysis Tools

To increase in-season aerial imagery and enhance crop analysis, Climate Corporation is partnering with Ceres Imaging, TerrAvion and Agribotix. …

Climate

Roomba creator wants to do for gardens what he did for your floors

Let's be honest: while planting your garden can be fun, weeding it usually isn't. Not unless you enjoy crouching down for long stretches, anyway. You might not have to endure the drudgery for too much longer, though. Roomba co-creator Joe Jones and Franklin Robotics are launching Tertill, a robot …