A biotechnological company specializing in the development of new speed breeding techniques for the Plant Genetic Improvement Sector, Seeds for Innovation has revolutionized the market with its robotic platform for large scale plant phenotyping. The firm has taken a quantitative and qualitative leap with Fitobot, a device consisting of a robotic platform that allows to record and analyze the phenotypic characteristics of varieties from an early age. In this way, it obtains all the necessary information in an objective, repetitive and systematic manner for better utilization of technical and economic resources in the selection and evaluation processes.
The equipment makes it possible to meet the need that may arise when looking for new varieties, as one of the most important aspects for plant breeders and breeders in this process phenotyping, It is the process of evaluating the behavior of plants in certain environmental conditions, measuring their response to cultivation conditions, resistance to diseases or tolerance to stress.
Fitobot is a revolutionary technology Which translates into a great ally of the agri-food sector to meet one of its biggest challenges: economic stability within a framework of reasonable profitability for the producer. Plant phenotyping is not only applicable to plant breeding, but it can also be used to evaluate the response of a variety to a variety of growing conditions or its behavior and efficacy against a certain type of input. To do this, the robotic platform is equipped with a number of functionalities or types of tasks such as analysis of root system development and aerial part of the plant.
Fitobot has a goal Removing the barrier of accession phenotyping and screening work in seed selection companies, The tool considers the analysis of horticultural species, as well as cereals or other species of commercial interest and with this, it becomes, for the first time, an automated mass phenotyping system in the early stages of plant development.
about this The only project in Almeria that has received funding from the Neotech 2020 programA competitive bidding scheme for innovative SMEs promoted by Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), which proves its importance.
Fitobot is a multidisciplinary project led by Seeds for Innovation, with a technical collaboration of two other companies from the Beyond Seeds Group: Agrointech, responsible for the development of the robot module, and Bullsoft Solutions, which is responsible for the integration of NOAH plant material management software. dedicated to. and Plant Breeding and Artificial Intelligence module, completing the system.