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Know the black onion and its benefits

    Fruits and vegetables    14/06/2019

This realization was first obtained in 2016 through a chamber drying process with a specific temperature and humidity and without artificial additives. The common onion is transformed into a new product with a characteristic flavor like caramel. After analysis, the scientists involved in the study published in the journal  LWT - Food Science and Technology  were able to identify 53 beneficial compounds that improve the nutritional description of this new food.

Specifically, they identified 21 amino acids, such as phenylalanine, a potent analgesic, or leucine, involved in the processes of building new tissues. 10 flavonoids, such as quercetin, and antimicrobial agents that promote cardiovascular action were also highlighted, and 22 organosulfur compounds, such as isoaline, with antiseptic function, were considered as secondary metabolites.

The team's experience in the characterization of black garlic for commercialization as a gourmet product and dietary supplement, already present in the Spanish supermarket lines, led researchers to raise the possibility of replicating the process of creating a new onion article.

Unlike black garlic, regularly consumed in Asian countries for centuries, black onions are a product that is said to be included in the diet as a side dish and as a nutritional supplement. In addition, during processing, the typical itching of the original is removed and does not change. There is no strong smell, but sweet. Thus, a more desirable item for the consumer is obtained from the sensory point of view.

Source: World Agropecuario

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The world's first raspberry picking robot ready to go

    Fruits and vegetables    30/05/2019

Each robot will be able to harvest more than 25,000 raspberries a day, beating human workers who manage about 15,000 in an eight-hour shift, according to Fieldwork Robotics, a spinout at Plymouth University.

The robot was brought to trial in the United Kingdom, with the agricultural industry facing rising labor costs and shortage of seasonal workers related to Brexit.

At 1.8m in height, the wheeled machine with its robotic arm started field testing in a greenhouse at a Hall Hunter farm near Chichester in West Sussex. Guided by sensors and 3D cameras, its clamp approaches the ripe fruit using machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence. When operating at full throttle, its developers say the robot's forceps picks up a raspberry in 10 seconds or less and places it on a tray where the fruit is sorted by maturity, ready to be transported to supermarkets.

The final version of the robot, scheduled to go into production next year, will have four claws, all choosing simultaneously. Separate field tests in China showed that the robot can harvest tomatoes and that it was also released on cauliflower.

Source: The Guardian

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Better accuracy with the soil sampling robot

    Fruits and vegetables    14/05/2019

The US company Rogo has developed a standalone soil sampling robot called SmartCore, which improves accuracy and eliminates human error from sampling by promoting more reliable data for the farmer.

The sampling process is more accurate due to the autonomous GPS, which allows the collection of samples at the same points, and it is possible to visualize the nutrient changes that occurred in the samples over time.

The company provides the sampling service by area, avoiding the maintenance costs of the robot and the initial cost.

Source: Rogo Ag

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Startup develops autonomous steering for tractors and implements

    Fruits and vegetables    02/05/2019

The American startup Bear Flag, located in California, is developing autonomous steering technology for tractors and implements with the goal of reducing the cost of agriculture through automation.

According to the company, "producers who invest in automation today will see real gains in efficiency and cost savings by multiplying the power of their human resources. Investment in autonomous technology can return up to 75% of the labor costs of driving existing tractors. Optimized path planning and implement control that minimize overlap and usage can save up to 20% during operations. "

"Bear Flag tractors are designed to be deployed as a fleet and controlled by a single supervisor. A supervisor for many machines, operating day or night, means more productivity and more output for critical, time-sensitive operations. "

Source: Bear Flag Robotics

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New device can test pesticide residues on food in real-time

    Fruits and vegetables    25/04/2019

Israeli startup Inspecto is developing a portable nanoscale device for the early detection of food contaminants in the field. The device offers a dedicated solution with features tailored to detect a set of contaminants according to the requirements of your business. Unlike traditional methods, Inspecto can be used by farmers, producers, suppliers, buyers, retailers and quality insurers anywhere in the supply chain and retrieve the results in real time.

A sample of the product is placed in the Inspecto disposable capsule and then inserted into a coffeepot-like button activated device. Within a few minutes, the user sees a quantified measure of the selected contaminant in the sample.

"We are already involved in pilot projects with key food companies that want to take product safety assurance and traceability to the next level. Our goal is to do beta field testing in the third quarter of this year. "

Source: Inspect

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Get to know the machine that loads and unloads bins in the field

    Logistics    17/04/2019

The German company Lüttich Ingenieure developed the bins transport vehicle called KT20. The vehicle, nicknamed the "bins eater", is designed for transport level 1 between the field and overflow area. He can continually pick up large filled boxes in the field and deposit them at the transhipment point. In the reverse process, he can pick up empty boxes at the transhipment point and deposit them in the field for picking.

Source: Lüttich Ingenieure

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Australian startup innovating with various robots for agriculture

    Fruits and vegetables    11/04/2019

Agerris is a technology start-up created at the Australian Center for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney.

"Our goal is to bring to all growers the latest in robotic field and airfield systems, intelligent tools and AI solutions, to support their farm activities, improve agricultural productivity and support environmental sustainability and animal welfare . "

"Our artificial intelligence mapping and decision system connects with our terrestrial and aerial robots to detect weeds, count fruits, crops, animals, and provide general assessments. This could include pest evaluation, crop yields and animal tracking, all to support real-time farm decision making. "

Source: agerris

680 total views, 1 today

Robot for loading and unloading boxes developed in the United States

    Logistics    05/04/2019

The American company Boston Dynamics builds advanced robots with remarkable behavior: mobility, agility, dexterity and speed.

"The Handle is a robot that uses legs and wheels to provide highly agile and low-footprint material handling solutions for logistics. Using an active counterweight system, the Handle can pick up and move boxes weighing more than 15 kg. Its versatile design allows you to handle pallet construction, depalletising, and unloading trucks in the warehouse - all in one robot. "

"The Handle design combines the same dynamic characteristics, balance and mobile manipulation of quadruped or humanoid robots, but in a significantly simplified system. The combination of power and agility makes Handle capable of automating difficult manipulation tasks in human-sized environments without the need to install complicated additional equipment. "

Source: Boston Dynamics

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Robot with artificial intelligence identifies and harvests mature vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables    03/04/2019

US technology company Root is developing an artificial intelligence vegetable crop robot that identifies and harvests only mature vegetables.

"We believe that tomorrow's farms will not resemble the endless ranks of outdoor crops we remember, and that the safety and quality of our food will no longer be limited by an increasingly unpredictable climate or access to land . Instead, hyper efficient indoor farms will grow free of chemicals. At Root, we have the mission to create smart robots which will help producers build the farms of the future. "

"Our vision systems can see the fruits and understand if they are ripe and ready to harvest, even in highly confusing and complicated growth environments. Our patent-pending tweezers can penetrate deep into the plants and rip off a single ripe fruit without leaving any marks. "

Source: Root

276 total views, 1 today

Company provides autonomous drone swarm for agricultural spraying

    Fruits and vegetables    01/04/2019

Skyx is a Canadian robotic agricultural technology company that enables a modular swarm of stand-alone drones for spraying. The innovative solution allows the application of variable rate access points, or uniform coverage of an entire rural area.

"You define your performance, accuracy, and budget. We provide a complete spraying solution for your continuous use. You optimize your spraying with our mission planner and then go to earth to start an autonomous operation. We charge for sprayed area, "the company says.

"We have the ability to accurately spray your entire area. The robots are designed specifically to create a path that goes beyond the trees and wires of electricity. You have the ability to communicate, compute, monitor, correct and constantly manage the entire swarm spraying operation. All systems are fully autonomous. "

Source: Skyx

411 total views, 1 today

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  • Australian startup innovating with various robots for agriculture

    by on 11/04/2019 - 0 Comments

    Agerris is a technology start-up created at the Australian Center for Field Robotics at the University of Sydney. "Our goal is to bring to all growers the latest in robotic field and airfield systems, intelligent tools and AI solutions, to support their farm activities, improve agricultural productivity and support [...]

  • New device can test pesticide residues on food in real-time

    by on 25/04/2019 - 0 Comments

    Israeli startup Inspecto is developing a portable nanoscale device for the early detection of food contaminants in the field. The device offers a dedicated solution with features tailored to detect a set of contaminants according to the requirements of your business. Unlike traditional methods, the Inspecto can be used [...]

  • Company provides autonomous drone swarm for agricultural spraying

    by on 01/04/2019 - 0 Comments

    Skyx is a Canadian robotic agricultural technology company that enables a modular swarm of stand-alone drones for spraying. The innovative solution allows the application of variable rate access points, or uniform coverage of an entire rural area. "You define your performance, accuracy, and budget. We provide a complete spraying solution [...]

  • Better accuracy with the soil sampling robot

    by on 14/05/2019 - 0 Comments

    The US company Rogo has developed a standalone soil sampling robot called SmartCore, which improves accuracy and eliminates human error from sampling by promoting more reliable data for the farmer. The sampling process is more accurate due to the autonomous GPS, which allows the collection of samples at the same points,

  • Get to know the machine that loads and unloads bins in the field

    by on 17/04/2019 - 0 Comments

    The German company Lüttich Ingenieure developed the bins transport vehicle called KT20. The vehicle, nicknamed the "bins eater", is designed for transport level 1 between the field and overflow area. He can continually pick up large filled boxes in the field and deposit them at the transhipment point. In the reverse process, [...]

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