The Two Era’s of Plant Intelligence Systems
Dr. Miresmailli sees a clear divide in what’s happening in the field of agtech and ‘smart growing’ such as the use of AI, robotics and sensors in greenhouses: a pre-covid era and a post-covid era.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, companies such as Ecoation were thought of as ‘emerging’, promising technologies that would be important over the long term.
Post-covid, everything is different. Their expertise is now an immediate need, and they are busy with selling their systems and integrating their technology into greenhouse operations all over the world.
With public health measures in place, workers and growers can’t simply go in and out of facilities anymore. Having AI-based robotic systems to monitor and connect to your crop remotely is increasingly important.
Also, as Dr. Miresmailli writes on the Ecoation blog, researchers and practitioners of integrated pest management have been flattening the curve for over 50 years. “COVID-19 got people thinking about flattening the curve” says Miresmailli, “One of the core principles of integrated pest management, besides identification and monitoring of pests and disease species, is establishing an action threshold for each pest. The goal is to flatten the pest and disease population curve below the economic injury level at all times.”
Regenerative agriculture and the significant promise of CO2 sequestration it can offer relies on healthy soils, healthy plants, and reducing the use of pesticides. Ecoation’s innovative technology offers a promising solution. They are building a global ‘centre for disease control’ for plant health and addressing some of today’s most significant and pressing problems in agriculture/food – food security, food safety, and pesticide use.
And they are listening to the plants.