Ecovative's Mushroom® Packaging cradle wine shipper
INNOVATION

Ecovative’s mushroom packaging – high-grade biodegradable packaging grown from mycelium

Ecovative, based in Green Island, New York, is the global leader in leveraging the unique properties of fungal mycelium to create high performing, cost competitive, and scalable alternatives to products like styrene and urea-formaldehyde. Ecovative’s Mushroom Packaging is a premium, high performing, cost-competitive, and truly sustainable alternative to conventional plastic …

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Leaf notching caused by pea and bean weevil
INNOVATIONNEWS

Fighting beetle pests with innovative lure-and-kill technology

Rothamsted Research is a key partner in a new research project which aims to design and produce a control system for beetle pests of peas and beans that does not use blanket sprays of insecticides. Source: Rothamsted Research Pea and bean weevil and bruchid beetle are common pests in UK …

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Solar electrodialysis brings water to off-grid villages
INNOVATIONWater

Solar electrodialysis brings water to off-grid villages

A simple set of solar panels and a battery system connected to an electrodialysis desalination unit could provide fresh water for a typical Indian village, according to MIT researchers. The MIT scientists found that Indian communities with no connection to the power grid but with access salty groundwater could get …

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Multistrata agroforestry system at the study area
INNOVATION

The multi-storey approach to agroforestry

Thinking vertically in Bangladesh means three or four layers of productive cropping from tubers to timber — and it gives a much better return than rice Bangladesh has already lost more than 90 percent of its forests. Perhaps the best hope for the future is multi-strata agroforestry, based on a …

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sunergie
HorticultureINNOVATION

The water-saving greenhouse

Water-saving technology for horticulture under desert conditions Source: Bom Group Water is not only beneficial to plants, it can be vital for cooling. In a pad & fan greenhouse, evaporative cooling works (due to the relatively low humidity of cooling) but the water consumption is high. By means of a …

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geoinformatics
ICT in AgricultureINNOVATION

Agro-geoinformatics: the new tool for food security

A shift in paradigm from landscape to farmscape for ensuring food security, sustainability and land use management Source: ICARDA Geospatial technologies are becoming an integral part of solving the food security equation from an integrated research and development, aid intervention and delivery programs, policy, and outreach. A recent advance in …

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rhea
INNOVATION

RHEA – Robot Fleets for Highly Effective Agriculture and Forestry Management

Comprehensive pest management using drones and ground-based robots Source: RHEA project The RHEA project – funded by the 7th EC Framework Programme – focuses on a new generation of automated and robotic systems for both chemical and physical management of pests. A fleet of small, heterogeneous cooperative robots (Unmanned Ground …

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rothamsted
Controlled environment agricultureINNOVATIONOrganic Agriculture

The R&D farmlet

So, you have an idea for improving agriculture. Where can you test it? Source: Rothamsted The Farm Platform is a unique set-up, three different working ‘farmlets’ for testing agri-environmental ideas with state-of-the-art instrumentation in hydrologically isolated fields. The Farm Platform provides a Research Hotel for agri-environmental research, attracting researchers from …

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MooMonitor
Animal ProductionINNOVATION

The clip-on cow monitor

A necklace for cows is revolutionising milk production Source: DairyMaster The R&D team at Irish company Dairymaster has harnessed the latest technology to create MooMonitor, a device clipped onto any cow to monitor and report on its physical condition – giving the farmer accurate information on its fertility cycle, a …

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farm apps
ICT in AgricultureINNOVATION

Farm data in the hand

Pens and notepads no longer needed in the field Source: Farm Apps Farm Apps has released three productivity apps – F-Track Live, uSee and Harvest Calc – all supporting manual in-the-field data entry plus direct feeds from local and community-accessible remote sensor networks. F-Track live is cloud based and enables …

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