Irstea is attending SIMA 2019 from February 24 to 28. How can we feed the planet using fewer pesticides, less water and less fertilizer? Irstea scientists are innovating to meet this challenge! Come see what innovations the farms of the future will have in store: prototypes and decision support tools to help farms change practices.
The farming sector is currently facing an enormous challenge: rethink practices while integrating technological solutions to increase productivity, limit environmental impact and make farmers’ lives easier. Irstea researchers are working on many research projects with farmers, economic and public stakeholders to help meet the challenge. They will be presenting these on February 24 to 28 at SIMA, Paris International Agribusiness Show, at Parc des Expositions (exhibition center) - Paris Nord Villepinte.
Irstea's researchers and engineers run experiments both in laboratories and the natural environment, alongside industrial partners, start-ups and farmers, to find new techniques that respect both people and the environment. Let's take a closer look at some ongoing projects.
Reducing pesticide use
- Breaking news: Bliss, a new type of sprayer capable of reducing spray losses by up to 40%, will soon be available for purchase
- Robots capable of in-row electric weeding and mechanical weeding
- Phenaufol, an articulated arm that uses sensors to detect plant illnesses in order to apply an accurate dose in the correct place
- The Symbio tile: artificial mulch that stops weeds from growing and reduces plant water requirements, developed with the Inovinea start-up
Irrigation – Saving water
- Wastewater reuse: a full-scale experiment taking place in the Hérault, in partnership with a farmer
- Optirrig, a decision-making support tool used to optimize irrigation program management scenarios for field crops
- Danish Trolley, a remote farm management system with integrated irrigation and lighting systems, developed by the Green House Keeper start-up, working in partnership with our researchers at Montpellier and hosted by Irstea
- An agrivoltaics project, developed with the Sun'R SME, which can provide up to a 20% drop in water requirements for protected crops
Water and air quality
- Soil preparation tools equipped to decrease soil compaction, improve fertility and adjust interventions
- An Artificial Wetland Buffer Zone to reduce water pollution in farming areas in the Brie (77) department by capturing pesticides and reducing their concentrations
For more information
- Press. Read the press release
- Feature. Innovations for effective and sustainable agriculture
- Consult the SIMA website
- IrsteaTV. Discover our YouTube playlist: “Agriculture of the Future”