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Join us at the Pessimist as we find out about roots, and the advent of robotics in agriculture. With interactive demos, you could even win some Pint of Science goodies!
Roots: the final frontier!
Shaunagh Slack (Crop Physiologist)
With the global population set to exceed 9 billion by 2050, and climate change predicted to cause increasingly harsh growing conditions, it is crucial that we develop crops which can produce the yields required to maintain food security. The Green Revolution showed that it was possible to dramatically improve cereal yields by breeding for above-ground traits. Now that yields have reached a plateau we must look beneath the soil, to root systems, to unlock the potential for the next revolution.
From farm to fork - the agri-robotics revolution
The food chain is under pressure from population growth, climate change, political pressures affecting migration, population drift from rural to urban regions, and the demographics of an aging population. Current agricultural practices are also causing tremendous damage to the natural environment, with many species of British wildlife facing risk of extinction over the next decade. To meet these challenges, this talk reviews the opportunities for autonomous robots in agriculture and food production, including current research projects at the University of Lincoln.