AGRICULTURE DRIVEN BY PLANT SIGNALS
Vegetal Signals is a startup based in Bordeaux (France), founded in 2016 after winning the first Startup Weekend dedicated to agro-technologies, notably attended by Xavier Beulin, President of the FNSEA. Based on techniques derived from neuroscience, we have developed sensors and analysis methods that allow us to continuously monitor the activity of plants and identify their needs in terms of water, fertilization or phytosanitary treatments. The information produced by plants makes it possible to reach an unequalled level of precision in order to optimize the management of agricultural inputs, both in terms of quantities and positioning over time.
A FIRST APPLICATION: IRRIGATION CONTROLLED BY PLANTS
In plant signals, we have identified a very specific hydric stress marker. Using this marker we have set up an automated water distribution system, directly controlled by plants. This application allows a more accurate use of the water resource. It can be adapted to almost every kind of cultivated plant.
A MULTI-SPECIES AND ALL-PURPOSE LOW-COST TECHNOLOGY
We aim to market a "translation" service for signals that are measured by our sensors. This service will initially focus on irrigation management ; other applications will gradually complete our offer. The “translated” information can be displayed on a customer interface for decision making, or directly used by automated systems. This service allows significant input cost reduction thanks to a cost-limited design: this versatile sensor has a six to ten times lower cost than that of other environmental sensors on the market.