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A precise irrigation monitoring system to provide an accurate measurement of water status in crops

Objective

There is an increasing global pressure on water resources and ensuring there is a sufficient supply in the face of climate change. This is of particular prevalence within the agriculture industry where irrigation is becoming increasingly important. Farmers typically overwater plants by 20% due to insufficient knowledge of plant water status resulting in significant wastewater and lowering plant yields. Saturas have developed StemSense, a unique sensor device that measures Stem Water Potential (SWP). SWP is scientifically proven to provide the most accurate data on plant water status. Saturas’ system then interprets this data, incorporating external factors such as meteorological data and provides recommended levels of irrigation to farmers. Farmers using the StemSense sensor experience up to 20% higher income, significant water savings and reduced costs. The overall objectives of the Phase 2 project are to design and engineer a miniaturised sensor that can be deployed in a wide variety of plants; to optimise the communication system and user interface; to scale-up production of StemSense with a contract manufacturer; and to demonstrate and validate the technology in in-field trials with farmers across Europe. The overall objective is to reach full commercialisation of StemSense as a reliable innovation validated by the relevant end-users, farmers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology

Call for proposal

H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

SME-2 - SME instrument phase 2

Coordinator

SATURAS LTD
Address
Tchelet Street 17
2017400 Misgav
Israel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 471 645