Future: drone-ships

At the terminal of Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) loading and unloading is happening with automatic cranes. Robots of more than 125 meters high. The power behind an automated terminal is the artificial intelligence: the creation of devices which show human intelligence. Automation is possible with many things. With shipping this is for example in unmanned and remote controlled ships. The engineering...

Japanese LED innovation brings light to the drinks industry

Illumicap is a plastic bottle cap that senses and reacts to music and movement through a smartphone and illuminates the whole bottle in various colors. Kirin aims to further promote the use of the cap -- whose functions go far beyond those of an ordinary cap -- by releasing a part of its 3D data as an open source,...

Chilean Research Institute wins Ferrero Hazelnut Award

The award ceremony of the “FERRERO HAZELNUT AWARD CONTEST” took place at EXPO Milan 2015: an award that is focused on financing and improving research and innovation in the hazelnut sector. The award was launched by the Ferrero Hazelnut Company, which - as explained by Managing Director Lucio Gomiero – “aims at developing the hazelnut industry on a worldwide...

Arcadia Biosciences Receives European Patent for Water Use Efficiency Trait Technology

DAVIS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Arcadia Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: RKDA), an agricultural technology company, announced that the European Patent Office has granted a key patent for its Water Use Efficiency (WUE) trait. The patent covers the use of Arcadia’s WUE trait to develop drought resistant and water efficient plants, which will help growers produce higher yields per unit of available water. The...

Technological Advances in Agricultural Machines Will Drive the Agricultural Machinery Market in India Through 2019: Technavio

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio, a tech-focused research firm, has published a new report on the agricultural machinery market in India, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 8% from 2015-2019. “Although the arable area has not increased in proportion to the demand for food, farmers are increasing the efficiency and speed of production by adopting advanced agricultural machinery to...

Zeolite packaging to fight durian fruit stench

Stinking foods including the world's smelliest fruit – the durian – could soon have their undesirable odours eliminated during storage and transport thanks to cheap packaging made from composite films of zeolite and nanocellulose. These films can adsorb the gas molecules responsible for their smell and the Swedish researchers behind the work think the material could also be incorporated...

The unlimited potential of big data for agriculture

by Marcos Fava Neves When we look to the history of agriculture in several moments we had important changes that are remembered as… revolutions. Issues linked to technology, products, credit, cooperatives, labor, water, irrigation, genetics, environment, among others had their chance to write down their names in several moment of food and agriculture history.  The current revolution is related to data and...

The next frontier in agriculture science: Sentinel-2

Agriculture is a key remote sensing application with high requirements. Short-term observation requirements in a global perspective for agriculture monitoring were tentatively defined by the GEO Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice. The critical importance of the decameter resolution capabilities was highlighted to cover the whole diversity of the agricultural landscapes. In this respect, the up-coming Sentinel-2 mission is a...

Soy beans and coconuts: Natural ingredients for car manufacturers

Vegans troubled by the old refrain “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse” have a friend at Ford. Soy, coconut, corn and other ingredients with healthy dining connotations are finding their way into new Fords in an effort to find alternative materials that are renewable, recyclable, or more environmentally friendly than metals and plastics. In many cases, the...

Will online shopping change the fresh fruit business?

NEW YORK, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --A new era in online shopping is arriving, and it will increasingly impact fresh fruit, vegetables and floriculture supply chains. Just astomorrow's shopper will buy other groceries online, he or she will also buy fresh produce online. Suppliers that want to take advantage of this development have to adapt to the specific requirements...
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