€4 million fund for new applications in smart agriculture
INNOVATION

EU fund for new smart agriculture applications

€4 million for web and IT entrepreneurs with new FIWARE applications The SmartAgriFood accelerator has launched a €4 million open call for SMEs and web-entrepreneurs to develop a new generation of smart agriculture applications and services building on FIWARE technology. Source: Wageningen UR The EU SmartAgriFood project accelerator is aiming …

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Solar ammonia process may spur fertiliser revolution
INNOVATION

STEP-based ammonia production

Solar ammonia process could spur a fertilizer revolution in developing countries Low-energy ways to make ammonia could enable developing countries to manufacture their own fertiliser instead of importing it. One high-potential option produces the chemical directly from air, steam and sunlight, and could offer an alternative to the conventional method …

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New technology helps farmers conserve fertilizer and protect their crops
ICT in AgricultureINNOVATION

Adapt-N: solving the nitrogen problem through software

A software program from Cornell researchers aims to conserve fertilizer, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect farmers’ crops. Now the big seed companies are taking notice

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INNOVATION

PICS grain storage bags for preventing pest damage

Farmers in Kenya demonstrate the effectiveness of PICS grain storage bags in preventing pest damage Source: Global Plant Protection News Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation has invested almost $1 million in grain storage technologies that are appropriate for both on-farm and market trader storage use. One of our grants …

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Screening S. bigelovii genotypes at the ICBA research station in Dubai
INNOVATIONSaltwater Agriculture

Dwarf glasswort for saline agriculture

Searching for the salt-tolerant solution: a promising halophytic species for coastal regions The world needs a 70% increase in food production to meet the demands of the estimated 9.1bn population in 2050, yet each minute 3 ha of currently arable land becomes unproductive due to salinization. Finding a salt-resistant crop …

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