Government grant will advance crucial research in food production, says Light Science Technologies

Smart Agriculture: Light Science Technologies Holdings PLC receives £188,251 grant to transform food production with sensors

Light Science Technologies Holdings PLC CEO Simon Deacon recently discussed a significant grant they received from The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Innovate UK with Proactive’s Stephen Gunnion. The £188,251 grant is part of a £299,748 collaboration aimed at transforming food production.

The project focuses on developing sensors for monitoring soil conditions to complement the company’s existing air zone sensors. This collaboration, led by Light Science Technologies in partnership with Bridge Farms and Zenith Nurseries, aims to enhance crop yields and make agricultural practices more cost-efficient by optimizing fertilizer and energy usage.

Deacon emphasized the potential of the smart agriculture market, which is projected to reach a global value of $55 billion by 2032 with a 12% growth rate. This initiative represents a significant step forward in advancing key food production research and technology.

As the company has established a global distribution network, they plan to integrate the new sensor technology into their SensorGrow product range for commercial sale following a 12-month trial period. This collaboration aligns with the company’s overarching goal of enabling continuous crop growth in controlled environments like glasshouses and vertical farms.

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