25 June 2019
BERKEL EN RODENRIJS, Netherlands: Koppert Biological Systems in the Netherlands and the Canadian based Ecoation signed a cooperation agreement on June 13th 2019 at GreenTech, Amsterdam.
The objective is to use each other’s knowledge for better data collection in the monitoring process of crop health. ‘We want to create sensors together to better detect pests and diseases in various crops’, said sales director of North West Europa, Arne van Aalst, who signed the contract on behalf of Koppert. ‘Detecting pests and diseases at early stages; providing comprehensive and local information about individual plants and their environment as well as automated local treatment with biological control agents can significantly enhance the IPM success’, says Founder and CEO of Ecoation, Dr. Saber Miresmailli who signed the contract on behalf of Ecoation.
Koppert is engaged in the business of biological crop protection and for this reason involved in the selection and development of effective AI monitoring systems to monitor and analyse pests and diseases in various crops. The biological solution company is launching Natutec Scout in September. This smart mobile application gives instant insight into the integrated pest management (IPM) situation of greenhouse growers. The app has won the prestigious GreenTech Innovation Award at the international GreenTech fair in Amsterdam Tuesday.
Ecoation focuses on AI-driven autonomous crop management and sensing based on robotic, sensing & imaging technology and artificial intelligence /machine learning. Last year Ecoation, together with Metazet-FormFlex and Micothon, won the GreenTech Concept Award for the IRIS! Scoutrobot. This robot registers plant health and diseases in greenhouses. The technology is based on the patented Saber sensor that detects pests, diseases and deficiencies early on.