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A French company develops an automated online tool to monitor the ionic composition of growth substrate in liquid media and in soil agriculture. This equipment should bring economic solutions for agro producers acting in precision cultures such as hydroponics, aquaponics. The SME is looking for partners (farmers, technical centres, producers of nutrients) to test its equipment, assess nutrient’s impact and set up new or strengthen use cases under research or technical cooperation agreements.
Ion concentrations determine the growth and maturation rate of flowers, tomatoes, salads and other vegetables. Precision cultures such as hydroponics, aquaponics and fish farming face a challenge: until today, no tools allowed farmers to follow precisely the growth of their production.
The French company has developed ion sensors for precision cultures.
Ion concentration directly influences crop yields by reflecting the quantity of mineral and organic fertilizers or nutrients needed for their growth. The French device offers real-time measurements in order to optimize fertilizer and water use in order to reduce producers and farmers work while minimizing their impact on the environment.
Up to 12 parameters are measured including temperature, electro-conductivity and oxydo-reduction potential plus 9 optional parameters such as pH, NPK, calcium, phosphate and those at micromolar resolution level. The device is designed to be dropped directly where the measures are needed, and operated by non-skilled people. A new device is under development for in-soil measurements.
Those devices would bring economic solutions to farmers as:
- improving yields and quality of products by a better nutrients & irrigation management
- lowering the use of nutrients
- enabling remote diagnostics (stress, diseases, drifts etc.) through the real-time assessment of nutrients assimilation dynamics and real-time feedback on practices
- following continuously the availabilities of nutrients
Tests already demonstrated a finely management of nutritive solutions in agriculture, with significant impacts in nutrients consumption: -30% in non-recirculated soilless cucumber production and up to 10% for yields.
The French company is looking for partners, farmers, technical centres, fertilizer’s producers, etc. to pursue tests and develop use cases with those devices. Projects would focus on fish and nutrient management (fertilization, soil interactions, enhancers…):
- impact’s assessment of nutrients dynamics with the use of fertilization, phyto or biological auxiliaries (intakes or availability)
- smart irrigation (coupled to fertilization)
- development of more efficient, techno & data driven technical alternatives for safer & more efficient growing, especially in agriculture or fish management fields
- early-stage drift or disease diagnostics, quality and storage or transportation behaviour anticipation through nutrients intakes etc.
The French SME is looking for partners for research or technical cooperation agreements.
This equipment is a plug and play and easy-to-use measurement solution. The innovation is based on the setup of a whole set of miniaturized ion specific electrode (ISE), including a world-only phosphorous electrode. All is embedded in a fully automated and communicant device.
- Automated measurements in situ
- User friendly: one measure for 12 key parameters and possibility of additional sensors such as Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD) or carbon dioxyde (CO2)
- Quality: precision, real-time, anti-interference, auto-sampling and calibration
- Possible continuous measurement
- Communication: with local wifi & USB access, long range 4G and Lora network, web backend
The French company is looking for partners: farmers, technical centres, fertilizer’s producers, ingredients or service providers etc. in order to set up tests or develop use cases with those devices.