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World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit to Shine a Light on 15 Start-Ups

To maximize their learning opportunities and network with industry leaders and investors, 15 start-ups from around the globe will be showcasing their solutions during the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit. The Summit will be held March 19-20, 2019, in San Francisco, California.

Providing access to these innovators through its Technology Showcase pitching sessions and its TechHub area affords the more than 1,000 global agribusinesses, food brands, and investors attending the chance to tap the freshest thinking in sustainable agriculture.

Below are the 15 start-ups.

1. Aerobotics (South Africa). This start-up provides tree crop and vineyard protection to growers around the globe through artificial intelligence. The Aerobotics Aeroview platform uses cutting-edge drone and satellite imagery to facilitate early problem detection and alerts. To date, the company has processed over 13 million trees.

2. AgroCares (Holland). This company delivers cutting-edge data solutions to measure nutrients and other key parameters in soil, feed, and leaf. It provides the world’s farming community with accessible, affordable data-based precision farming tools to extensively and sustainably increase crop yields, which will contribute to solving the global food gap.

3. Atmonia (Iceland). This start-up is developing an electro-catalytic process for generating aqueous ammonia from air and water, for direct use as fertilizer through irrigation. The Atmonia process, unlike conventional ammonia production, has zero emissions and works at ambient pressure and temperature. It is based on economical and abundant catalysts.

4. Bontera BioAg (USA). This company's mission is to transform agriculture on a global scale through state-of-the-art sustainable technologies. Its products are based on naturally occurring soil microbes selected for superior performance and functionality. These specialized microbes are the catalysts for disease prevention, optimal soil fertility, and increased crop yield. Bontera’s products are sold in several countries around the world and continue to make a positive impact in the markets it serves.

5. Cattle Care (USA). This start-up applies AI video analytics to increase dairy farmers’ revenue while making cows healthier. The product identifies cows in the barn by their unique black-and-white patterns. Using low-cost commodity video cameras, Cattle Care detects, recognizes, and tracks every cow as well as business processes, and makes decisions for farmers about the treatment of a particular cow or an entire herd.

6. Dynium Robot (UK). Launching in the U.Sl this year, Dynium’s advanced vision and LiDAR-based driverless navigation system enables orchard farmers to fully automate crop care and capture data below the canopy 24-7. Coupled with Dynium’s cloud-based crop analytics, farmers can apply precision farming techniques to reduce spraying costs and crop losses.

7. FaunaPhotonics (Denmark). This globally recognized leader in sustainable farming practices enables the agriculture sector to reduce its chemical use by more than 40% in insect control. Intelligent sensor solutions digitally map insect populations, assisting farmers to identify when and where to spray insecticides. Already working with Tier 1 players in digital farming, FaunaPhotonics will have a works-like version of the insect sensor functional in its go-to-market crop by the end of this year.

8. FOLIUM Science (UK). This start-up's patented science harnesses naturally occurring mechanisms to selectively remove unwanted pathogenic and spoilage bacteria for increased productivity at all points in the food and agriculture value chain. Its Guided Biotics maintain healthy animals when added to animal feed or drinking water by selectively reducing unwanted bacteria.

9. GroGuru (USA). This company has created an innovative solution for precision irrigation monitoring and management. Its wireless underground system significantly lowers the deployed cost and total cost of ownership for farmers. Return on investment is less than one growing season, and the system typically saves farmers 20% on input costs, while increasing yield by 10%.

10. Micropep Technologies (France). This biotech start-up is developing a new generation of crop stimulation and protection solutions based on a unique active ingredient: miPEPs, which are natural peptides produced by plant cells to regulate their gene expression. Products comprising miPEPs can be used to transiently regulate the expression level of these genes and improve the corresponding phenotypes. 

11. Pebble Labs (USA/Hong Kong). This company is developing a platform technology to target a wide range of diseases (bacterial, viral, and fungal) by using RNAi gene silencing delivered via engineered symbiotic bacteria naturally found in the host.

12. Pheronym (USA). This start-up’s bio-remediation process uses a new pheromone to control plant-parasitic nematodes (microscopic roundworms) in an ecofriendly way as well as beneficial nematodes’ efficacy to eliminate pest insects.

13. Solynta (Netherlands). This breeding and biotechnology company develops and applies new breeding technologies to convert potatoes into a hybrid crop with the potential to unlock billions of dollars in farmgate revenue. New potato varieties offer better characteristics for consumers, processors, and farmers while having lower environmental impact.

14. Tillo.app (Singapore/South Africa). This start-up is working to provide cloud-based collaboration services to farmers that connects workers inside and outside the farm through digital boards specifically designed for simple task management and in-the-field data collection and measurement. Its open API platform seamlessly integrates third-party technology and applications.

15. WeedOUT (Israel). This company is exploiting sterility to win the battle against resistant weeds, which is a new strategy in weed control. Its products are biologically based, mimic natural processes, and provide robust and long-lasting solutions. The novel technology develops unique proprietary weed pollen to prevent the generation of viable, resistant weed seeds.

About The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit: The Summit takes place twice a year in San Francisco and London. It generates valuable opportunities for networking, knowledge exchange, and deal-making among its international delegation of agribusinesses, technology providers, entrepreneurs, and investors. Learn more about The World Agri-Tech Innovation Summity by visiting worldagritechusa.com.

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