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Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 11th April, 2017

Circular economy: corporate buzzword or real opportunity?

Circular economy is the latest buzzword catching the imagination of big businesses such as Google, Unilever, Philips and Nike. A systems thinking approach, circular economy aspires to use resources to their maximum value, keeping them within the economy indefinitely, preferably as whole products rather than materials, and aiming to ‘design out’ waste from the system. […]

Barley
By Stuart Gilby: Monday 10th April, 2017

Hidden greenhouse gases in crops

I read recently that 50% of a loaf of bread’s carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint was due to the amount of fertiliser used in producing the wheat needed to make the loaf. It’s not surprising when you realise that 1% of global energy generated each year is used by a single chemical process – the Haber-Bosch […]

Smart soil sensor
By Niall Mottram: Monday 3rd April, 2017

Doing the same with less

The World AgriTech Innovation Summit is a great event. Start-ups, OEMs, agribusinesses and VCs all rub shoulders for two days with the intention of identifying the next big technology breakthroughs for precision agriculture. This would seem no easy task, after all, each of the entities listed above has different objectives and views on the world […]

Chris Roberts
By Chris Roberts: Friday 24th March, 2017

Vlog: How much of a threat are robots to British jobs?

“30% of existing UK jobs could face automation over the next 15 years” – is quite a headline, taken from the latest UK Economic Outlook report by PwC, which has received widespread coverage in the UK press today. Chris Roberts, Head of Industrial Robotics, shares his thoughts in this video blog. Transcript There have been […]

Electric car in charging station
By James Westley: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

One-hundred percent electric vehicles: what if?

European countries are on the march to phase out Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles; last year Norway pledged to ban the sale of fossil-fuel burning vehicles by 2025 which was followed closely by Germany and The Netherlands making similar commitments for 2030. This month, the UK announced investment in Electric Vehicle (EV) battery technology as […]

Pi
By Dave Gladwin: Wednesday 15th March, 2017

Yesterday was not Pi day – it’s 22nd July, honest!

OK, so the world celebrated International Pi day yesterday and I sat thinking that I should really write something for our social media channels on this, but try as I might the muse was not upon me, I could not come up with anything that had not already been said. I received the expected promotional […]

AI Artificial intelligence
By Amy King: Monday 13th March, 2017

Artificial Intelligence: robot overlords or a power for social good?

Search for artificial intelligence on the internet and it’s as if you’ve stepped into a sci-fi film. Headlines declaring we should be scared of robots who will not only take our jobs but our freedom as well. Scenarios of AI creations pitted against their human creators, aspiring to ultimately supplant them and rule the Earth. […]

Tractor
By Roger Burton: Thursday 9th March, 2017

Two sides of the same corn: in-soil nitrate sensing to reduce over-application of nitrogen

Up to 70% of applied nitrogen in agriculture is wasted. Integration of technology such as optical interrogation, drones and satellite imaging with agricultural equipment is showing increases in yield and decreases in operating costs. With new sensing technologies, robust implementations and intelligent data handling and analysis, it is possible to greatly reduce this wastage. Agricultural […]

Solar panel station adjacent to road
By James Westley: Wednesday 8th March, 2017

The road to sustainability: are solar roads and walkways the way of the future?

In the last five years, there has been an increasing trend in fitting roads and pathways with solar panels, making these otherwise dead spaces work harder towards a greener future. The latest of these is the world’s first solar panelled road which was opened in December 2016 in Normandy. Costing the French tax payer €5m, […]

Many mixed breads and rolls
By Cameron Watson: Monday 6th March, 2017

Prove it: The Rise of Food Science

It is believed that the humble loaf has been around in one form or another for 30,000 years and played a central role in the formation of human societies across Western Asia, Europe and North Africa. It inspired early man to begin the agricultural revolution, driving one of the longest and most widespread human-driven genetic […]