Phytech - Using Technology to Utilize Plants as Sensors for Themselves
When farmers look for visual signs of plant stress, it is often already too late. Israel-based PlantBeat is a service set to revolutionize farming, embedding the Internet of Things into the global agriculture system and treating the plants themselves as sensors to provide clues as to whether more water, food or sunlight is needed. 60% of tomato farmers and 40% of cotton growers in Israel are using PlantBeat’s technology, which has led to 11% greater crop yields with greatly reduced water use. At its core, PlantBeat is a system of sensors that records information directly from the farm. The hardware is attached to the stalks and fruits of a small selection of representative plants, and data akin to the plants’ ‘heartbeats’ is collected – similar to human EKG graphs. Connected through GSM mobile phone data, the information is transmitted to PlantBeat HQ, numbers are crunched, and results are sent to the farmer’s smartphone or tablet device. PlantBeat is a service by Phytech, an Israeli agritech company that has now teamed up with partners to empower farmers across the world. The aim of the company is to provide growers with insights into the status of their crops, and advise on solutions before damage is even visible. The technology is a great example of a shift towards ‘smart farming’, and helps provide food for the growing global population. It also reduces waste, and provides a platform for farmers to share knowledge within their community. PlantBeat is making a real difference in drought-stricken California, where Phytech set up a pilot program with university researchers and the state’s largest grower of almonds and pistachios. The company is open to more collaboration, and with the service costing only $20 (£13) per acre, the bump in yields alone is likely to bring further global growth.
Farmers are losing many crops due to overlooking signs of plant stress or catching too late
Only costs $20 (£13) per acre
60% of tomato farmers and 40% of cotton growers in Israel are using PlantBeat’s technology, which has led to 11% greater crop yields with greatly reduced water use.
Phytech - https://www.phytech.com/
Sierra Briscoe - www.linkedin.com/in/sierrabriscoe