Robotic farms - Hortiplan mobile gully system

Posted 1 Feb 2011 at 13:44 UTC by mwaibel Share This

I.K.Erripis from the Robots Podcast has sent some pointers on how robotics in agriculture is revolutionizing the way our food is produced. Greenhouses are transformed by robot applications and many companies apply advanced technology in order to improve production and the product. One of them is shown in a video recently posted by our friends over at the Singularity Hub and reposted above. It shows that Belgian company Hortiplan won't just sell you one or several robots to operate your greenhouse. Instead, Hortiplan will convert it into one huge robot. Their mobile gully system (MGS) is an integrated installation that automatically moves the plants through four stages, a nursery, a centralized planting area, an automated growing field and finally to the centralized harvest area. The plants are handled in and out of gullies and they grow through a "Nutrient Film Technique" (NFT) recirculating water system, where water with nutrients flows continuously through the plants. There are multiple benefits of this system: Production is increased, the requirements for human labor are reduced and the installation saves time and space for a given yield. The plants, (e.g., lettuce) are also picked up with their roots attached and by being alive they remain fresh for a longer time.

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