Logo

Wageningen University’s greenhouse challenge progressing well for AuTomatoes

The Wageningen University’s Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge aims to maximise the yield and quality of his crop while minimising the use of resources, to save costs

Team AuTomatoesTeam AuTomatoes. (Image source: Hoogendoorn)

So far, the challenge is progressing very well for team AuTomatoes, consisting of consultants, data scientists, engineers, researchers, and students from TU Delft, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects, KeyGene and Hoogendoorn Growth Management. They harvested their first tomatoes a while ago, and the results still look promising.

KeyGene is a research company specialised in plant phenotyping and molecular breeding for the development of crop innovations. They aim to support plant breeders in optimising crop yield and quality. For the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, KeyGene contributes to the team by means of their knowledge about computer-based plant phenotyping and their ability to develop and exploit next level image analysis techniques. Using cameras, the plant behavior is translated into relevant data. Data scientist Niek Bouman uses machine vision to extract the relevant data from the camera images. This data is then used by Hoogendoorn to improve the AI algorithms in order to optimise the growth climate.

Hoogendoorn consultant Rene Beerkens has 20 years of experience in climate control. He shares his extensive knowledge with the team and works on building new, simple, yet intelligent controls.

Data analysts Evripidis Papadopoulos and Gerdine van Donge are engaged in the development of new and intelligent algorithms to improve irrigation and greenhouse equipment control. In addition, Gerdine uses her out of the box way of thinking to improve several ideas from team members and Evripidis translates the feedback from the crop into data based on this takes decisions about stem density and crop handling.

KeyGene translates plant behavior into valuable data by means of, amongst others, cameras. This data is used by Hoogendoorn to improve the algorithms used to control the growth factors, in order to optimise the greenhouse climate according to the plants’ needs. Combined with the applied and fundamental knowledge of Van der Hoeven and TU Delft, the team possesses the multidisciplinary knowledge needed to succeed in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge.

 


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

USAID and NASA renew partnership to address development and humanitarian challenges

USAID and NASA renew partnership to addr…

On 4 November, Administrator Samantha Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to renew...

Norway promises top-up contribution of urgently needed climate finance

Norway promises top-up contribution of u…

On 9 November 2022, Norway, as part of a commitment to triple its support to climate adaptation by 2026, has pledged an additional US$9.5mn contribution of urgently needed climate finance...

Better Cotton signs partnership agreement with IDH and CotonChad

Better Cotton signs partnership agreemen…

Better Cotton recently signed a multi-stakeholder Letter of Intent to participate in the landscape approach, developed with local stakeholders in Chad in conjunction with IDH, intending to work towards improving...

NFU president Minette Batters appointed as ambassador of Farm Africa

NFU president Minette Batters appointed …

Farm Africa, a charity that promotes sustainable agricultural practices, strengthens markets and protects the environment in rural eastern Africa, has announced the appointment of NFU president Minette Batters as an...

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement…

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

Farming innovations which help conserve nature and create jobs

Farming innovations which help conserve …

On World Food Day, farmers in the UK and globally showed how innovative farming methods and techniques can improve lives, help meet global climate targets and produce food without harming...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

Syngenta and USAID invest US$1.8mn to help smallholder farmers in Zambia

Syngenta and USAID invest US$1.8mn to he…

Global agribusiness company, Syngenta, has partnered with the Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) programme implemented by Fintrac Inc, to help smallholder...

Ghana’s pineapple farmers need more intensive training

Ghana’s pineapple farmers need more inte…

The pineapple farmers in Ghana are required to have professional training in order to achieve higher yields through more sustainable agriculture, according to a team from the Technical University of...

Sub-Saharan Africa forms focus of new fertiliser campaign

Sub-Saharan Africa forms focus of new fe…

The global fertiliser industry has launched a new online campaign called ‘Roots for Growth’, highlighting the important role fertilisers play in addressing global food security responsibly, efficiently and sustainably

Nigerian government intervenes in food crisis

Nigerian government intervenes in food c…

The Nigerian government has planned to import food in large quantities to help overcome the  poor yields experienced by farming sin the country following recent flooding

‘Agri-tech can turn African Savannah into global food basket’

‘Agri-tech can turn African Savannah int…

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has taken initiative to transform the African Savannah as the big changer of the continent’s green revolution initiatives

Lending scheme to stimulate African agribusiness

Lending scheme to stimulate African agri…

A US$50mn lending scheme has been launched by Nedbank to stimulate agribusiness in sub-Saharan Africa

The UN FAO provides training to Libyan officials to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UN FAO provides training to Libyan o…

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has concluded a 10-day training programme to officers of Libyan Ministry of Agriculture, Animal and Marine Wealth, aiming to strengthen national capacities in...

Olmix plant care launches commercial activity in Egypt

Olmix plant care launches commercial act…

To expand its plant care ranges internationally, Olmix Group has signed an agreement with MacFertilizers (Al-Sabanel AGro Egypt) to provide the Egyptian market with sustainable and innovative solutions that have...

Monsanto dedicates US$50 million to African agricultural development

Monsanto dedicates US$50 million to Afri…

Multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto Company has announced that it will provide US$50 million to support sustained agricultural development and growth across Africa over the next ten years

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement agro-processing project in Senegal

AfDB grants US$63.38mn loan to implement…

The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Abidjan has approved a loan of US$63.38mn to Senegal to implement the Agropole-Centre agro-industrial processing zone project

Mauritius Government committed to promote local production

Mauritius Government committed to promot…

The Attorney General, minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Maneesh Gobin has said that the Mauritius Government still encourages local food production through natural means

IFAD introduces US$1mn project to scale up agriculture in East Africa

IFAD introduces US$1mn project to scale …

The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has introduced a US$1mn project to unlock financial services to the East Africa’s youths involved in the agriculture sector

Prev Next

Template Design © Joomla Templates | GavickPro. All rights reserved.