Pollinating robots to transform greenhouse tomato industry
An Israeli company that has created an autonomous pollinating robot has started its first trials in Australia.
- A pollinating robot designed by an Israeli company is being tested in Australia
- Australia's $900-million-a-year greenhouse tomato industry currently relies on farmers pollinating by hand
- The robot uses artificial intelligence to shoot air pulses at tomato flowers, replicating bumblebee buzz pollination
Arugga AI Farming is hoping its technology can transform Australia's greenhouse farming sector, especially greenhouse tomatoes, which are currently pollinated by hand.
Chief executive Iddo Geltner said after successful trials in Israel, the company had targeted Australia because it did not have bumblebees.
"Around the world, pollination in greenhouses is typically performed using commercially produced bumblebee hives, but these bees don't pollinate well in certain conditions, and they're actually banned in Australia," he told ABC Rural.
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