“In the near future, a greenhouse will look more like a spaceship from the inside, with robots and drones wandering and flying around.” According to Grodan’s experts Gursel Karacor and Paul Bouwens, this future reality is not that far away. Several promising AI innovations, including imaging technology, nondestructive testing, and sensor systems will become part of a greenhouse to help growers predict and control the sustainable production and quality of their crops. Grodan embraces these developments and is excited to share the latest insights and developments, aiming to facilitate an ongoing dialogue about sustainable precision growing in the horticultural sector.
AI technologies will be increasingly used in the horticultural sector in the coming 5 – 10 years, in response to the growing global demand for food. This is essential, because ultimately 56% more food needs to be produced if we want to feed the world’s population of 10 billion people by 2050. At the same time, there is a growing demand for sustainable food production with minimal impact on the environment. For growers, this means adopting the most efficient technologies to reduce energy and water usage and finding alternatives for pesticides to control crop diseases. During the Green Expert Platform in November 2019 we spoke with Gursel Karacor and Paul Bouwens about two promising innovations: imaging technology and multisensory technology.