A new project in the UK has received a substantial grant to detect potato diseases and defects before these hit the supermarkets. The project by agri-tech firm B-Hive Innovations has received £675,000 to develop cutting-edge technology for food waste reduction. The project will use volatile biomarkers and innovative gas sensors to detect diseases and defects which affect the potato crop.
The TuberSense project will also help to establish a framework for crop disease prevention and precision detection from farm-to-fork by developing new gas sensors.
According to research scientist Dr Barbara dos Santos Correia, the project, which was awarded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), could transform the agri-food industry: "Our project will help to identify emerging climate-driven and disruptive diseases that affect potato farming and storage across the UK and create innovative decision support tools based on volatile sensing.”
Farminguk.com quoted Vidyanath Gururajan, managing director at B-hive Innovations, as saying: “Projects such as TuberSense can be undertaken to help transform the agriculture industry. We look forward to research getting underway and the results it will bring.”