Koppert Biological Systems and Canadian-based Ecoation have signed a cooperation agreement that will help the two companies use each other’s knowledge for better data collection in the monitoring process of crop health in the greenhouse.
“We want to create sensors together to better detect pests and diseases in various crops,” says Arne van Aalst, Sales Director of North West Europa at Koppert.
“Detecting pests and diseases at early stages, providing comprehensive and local information about individual plants and their environment, and automating local treatment with biological control agents can significantly enhance the success of a grower’s IPM,” says Dr. Saber Miresmailli, Founder and CEO of Ecoation.
Koppert is engaged in the business of biological crop protection and the selection and development of effective artificial intelligence monitoring systems to monitor and analyze pests and diseases in various crops. The biological solution company is also planning to launch Natutec Scout, a smart mobile application that gives instant insight into pest conditions in greenhouses.
Ecoation focuses on artificial intelligence-driven autonomous crop management and sensing based on robotic, sensing and imaging technology, and artificial intelligence /machine learning. Last year, Ecoaction, together with Metazet-FormFlex and Micothon, won the GreenTech Concept Award for the IRIS! Scoutrobot. The robot registers plant health and diseases in greenhouses and is based on a patented Saber sensor that detects pests, diseases, and deficiencies early on.