Light Science Technologies Holdings PLC CEO Simon Deacon recently spoke to Proactive’s Stephen Gunnion about the significant grant they received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Innovate UK. The £188,251 grant is part of a £299,748 collaboration which aims to transform food production.

The project aligns with the company’s overarching goal of enabling continuous crop growth in controlled environments such as greenhouses and vertical farms. Deacon highlighted the potential of the smart agriculture market, which is projected to reach a global value of $55 billion by 2032 with a growth rate of 12%.

The grant will support the development of sensors to monitor ground conditions, which will complement the company’s existing airspace sensors. This collaboration, led by Light Science Technologies in partnership with Bridge Farms and Zenith Nurseries, is focused on increasing crop yields and the performance of agricultural practices by more cost-effectively optimizing fertilizer and energy use.

As the company has established a global distribution network, they plan to integrate the new sensor technology into their SensorGrow range of products for commercial sale after a 12-month trial period. This initiative represents a significant step forward in advancing key research and food production technology.

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