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Revolutionizing Food Production: Light Science Technologies’ £188,251 Grant from Defra and Innovate UK

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Government grant will advance crucial research in food production, says Light Science Technologies

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

The project focuses on developing sensors to monitor soil conditions, complementing the company’s existing air zone sensors. With this new technology, Light Science Technologies aims to optimize fertilizer and energy usage in agricultural practices, leading to enhanced crop yields and cost-efficient farming methods.

As part of the collaboration led by Light Science Technologies in partnership with Bridge Farms and Zenith Nurseries, the company seeks to achieve its overarching goal of enabling continuous crop growth in controlled environments like glasshouses and vertical farms. 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.

With its established global distribution network, Light Science Technologies plans to integrate the new sensor technology into its SensorGrow product range for commercial sale following a 12-month trial period. This initiative represents a significant step forward in advancing key food production research and technology.

By Samantha Jones

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