Projects to grow strawberries without soil, develop organic pesticides and breed lamb for more taste have won funding from the government’s agri-tech strategy.
Defra has announced the names of 15 projects that will share £12.1m in government funding. Industry will invest another £5.7m.
The agri-tech catalyst awards were announced last year and seek to help accelerate agricultural innovation.
The subjects of the projects are:
- Antimicrobial technology to control disease in potato production
- Preservation and sequencing technology to address food security and production efficiency in the poultry sector
- New strawberries optimised for growing without soil
- Using light to extend the shelf-life of fresh produce
- An automated system for precision application of fertiliser and plant growth compounds
- Developing technology for an organic, natural-based pesticide
- Improving efficiency and reducing environmental harm of fertiliser production
- Wheat research and breeding project to improve food security in India and Pakistan
- Improving the production of farmed salmon to reduce its environmental impact
- Ground and aerial sensors to improve wheat production and breeding
- Increasing the efficiency and quality of strawberries grown without soil
- Protecting peas and beans from beetles without blanket insecticide spraying
- Optimising “big data” to drive improvements in crop production and utilisation
- Breeding lamb for more taste and less waste by scanning live animals