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Châtenay-Malabry (FR - 92290), 20 August 2018

EFITA newsletter / 840 - European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

"Not a single field on earth is homogeneous"

There’s pioneers and there’s (extraordinary) pioneers. Arable farmer Oliver Martin definitely is of the latter category. He uses one of the first Geoprospectors soil scanners ever produced, and his 160 hectares farm bursts with other high tech.

The Topsoil Mapper soil scanner

Geoprospectors is a leading supplier of soil sensors for precision agriculture and subsurface engineering. Our solutions us a range of different geophysical technologies to obtain valuable data about your soil resources, which can then be analyzed to improve and automate processes in real time. Our systems are also designed for the average user, so no specialist knowledge is required. Data is recorded and analyzed fully automatically.

Danish farmers earn € 18/ha with precision agriculture

According to research conducted for the Danish Ministry of Agriculture, Danish farmers earn an additional € 18 per hectare if they use precision agriculture technology.
Today, about 45% of Danish fields are farmed assisted by RTK-GPS systems.

Farming by satellite competition

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for new ideas to use satellite technologies to improve agriculture and reduce environmental impact and launched the 4th edition of the Farming by Satellite Prize. The winner gets € 5,000.

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Modelia / Afia

>>> Journée Internet des Objets (IoT) en agriculture – le 28 avril 2017 à Boigneville
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>>> Robotisation en agriculture : états des lieux et évolution
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 25 janvier 2017)
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture
(séance publique de l'Académie d'agriculture de France du 23 mars 2016)
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>>> Big Data et Agriculture (10 mars 2016)
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API Agro (10 février 2016)
La conférence "API-AGRO", organisée par l'Acta, a rassemblé plus de 150 personnes autour des API et de l'Agriculture Numérique... Revivez la conférence organisée par les partenaires du projet.
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>>> Réseaux sociaux et Agriculture (19 juin 2015)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 2ème partie (7 janvier 2015)
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>>> Les nouveaux capteurs en Agriculture (19 avril 2014)
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>>> Open Data en Agriculture - 1ère partie : état des lieux et perspectives (12 novembre 2013)
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>>> La modélisation entre recherche et développement agricole, allers et retours... Des modèles scientifiques aux outils logiciels : ambitions, expériences, réflexions, propriété intellectuelle (29 mars 2013)

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Contact : Jean-Pierre CHANET, François BRUN
Mél : jean-pierre.chanet(a), francois.brun(a)

RootWave Raises $2.5m for Herbicide Alternative

RootWave, a UK agtech startup, has created technology that enables the use of electricity to kill weeds by boiling them inside out from the root up. The company says this offers a sustainable and scalable alternative to herbicides.

RootWave uses electricity to boil weeds inside out from the root upwards


AgFunder Invests in Foodtech Startup Chinova Bioworks’ $2m Round With DSM, Rhapsody


African AgriFood Tech Startups are not Waiting on Western Tech



Weather data: The next holy grail?

Capturing unaffectable variables in plant growth and quality is likely to get a lot easier and a lot less expensive thanks to startups, scale ups and the Internet of Things (IoT). Especially since Lemken and CNH Industrial are starting to (re)sell weather stations.

Experts in app development, SmartFarm sensors and weather-data (NL)


DOT & Raven Technologies combine precision tech systems

If you’re going to build autonomous driving units to replace farm machinery, why not incorporate as many bells and whistles as you can?

Agro Innovation Lab: 252 applications for start-up programme

German cooperative BayWa and Austrian cooperative RWA Raiffeisen Ware have received 252 applications from 53 countries for this year’s Acceleration & Market Entry Programme offered by the Agro Innovation Lab (AIL).

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AMPA, a metabolite of glyphosate (a curiosity! – GW)

Aminomethylphosphonic acid inhibits growth and metastasis of human prostate cancer in an orthotopic xenograft mouse model.

Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) has been shown to inhibit prostate cancer cell growth in vitro. The purpose of the present study was to determine if AMPA could inhibit growth and metastasis of prostate cancer in vivo. Human prostate cancer PC-3-LacZ-luciferase cells were implanted into the ventral lateral lobes of the prostate in 39 athymic Nu/Nu nude male mice. Seven days later, mice were randomized into the control group (n = 14, treated intraperitoneally with phosphate buffered saline), low dose group (n = 10, treated intraperitoneally with AMPA at 400 mg/kg body weight/day), and high dose group (n = 15, treated intraperitoneally with AMPA at 800 mg/kg body weight/day). Tumor growth and metastasis were examined every 4-7 days by bioluminescence imaging of live mice.

We found that AMPA treatment significantly inhibited growth and metastasis of orthotopic xenograft prostate tumors and prolonged the survival time of the mice. AMPA treatment decreased expression of BIRC2 and activated caspase 3, leading to increased apoptosis in the prostate tumors. AMPA treatment decreased expression of cyclin D1. AMPA treatment also reduced angiogenesis in the prostate tumors. Taken together, these results demonstrate that AMPA can inhibit prostate cancer growth and metastasis, suggesting that AMPA may be developed into a therapeutic agent for the treatment of prostate cancer.

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EFITA President: Michael Clasen
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Someone is just a little too clever!

Sign over a Gynecologist's office: "Dr. Jones, at your cervix."

In a Podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels."

On a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

At an Optometrist's office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

On a Plumber's truck: "We repair what your husband fixed."

On another Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."

On an Electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts."

In a Non-smoking Area: "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

On a Maternity Room door: "Push. Push. Push."

At a Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet -- miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop: "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a Veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don't, you will be delighted."

In a Restaurant Window: "Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up."

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait."

At a Propane Filling Station: "Thank heaven for little grills."

Chicago radiator shop: "Best place in town to take a leak."

And the best one for last...

Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck: "Caution -- This Truck is full of Political Promises"

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