On the 16th of February Scientific Reports published a paper detailing our technology and how it has been and can be used in the future. Many of our current and former colleagues have been a part of the many projects, tests, and developments behind this. So, we at Faunaphotonics decided to through the head author Klas Rydhmer and everyone else a small party with a magnificent cake to top it off.
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Denmark has really opened their eyes when it comes to the importance of biodiversity and pollinating insects, and this is especially evident when looking at danish farmers! The creativity is flowing among the danish farmers when it comes to creating new biodiversity innovations and ideas.
It is spring the winter oilseed rape is budding, ready to flower and suddenly there is a major rise in the pollen beetle population ready to munch on all the budding flowers reducing the potential yield.
Syngenta and FaunaPhotonics praise biodiversity initiatives and ideas present in Danish agriculture.Kiri Miyaca Fløistrup2022-03-28T14:28:55+02:00
Biodiversity is on everyone’s agenda these days and for a good reason. For the past couple of years media has been full of stories about insect decline, fewer insects on car windows in the summer and problems getting enough pollinators for agricultural crops. According to the 2019 Global Risks Report, biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse is considered one of the ten greatest risks facing society today.
On January 23rd 2020 John Deere announced the participants of the second round of their Startup Collaborator program. FaunaPhotonics is one of 4 startup companies to take part in this program during 2020. The other three companies are DataFarm, Fieldin and EarthSense. All, as FaunaPhotonics, working to transform agriculture.
In January 2020 Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Emily Bick started a 2-year project in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and FaunaPhotonics, funded in part by the Danish Innovationsfonden. The working title of the project is: The optimization of agricultural pest management strategies by combining modelling and digital insect monitoring.
Through the past 3 years we have been working on a PhD with Josefine Nielsen and DTU Aqua understanding the potentials of our sensor technology in detecting salmon lice larvae (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) in aquaculture. The PhD is reaching the end, so what have we found and where will we take it from here?
Biodiversity is on everyone’s agenda these days and for a good reason. According to the 2019 Global Risks Report, biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse is considered one of the ten greatest risks facing society today (5). Since 1970, the world has lost 60% of its global vertebrate population, and more than 40% of insect species are declining rapidly (6). Seilbold et al. reported that the decline in flying insects are thought to be caused by human land use (2). Landscape simplification can lead to the decrease of ecosystem service-providing organisms (4).
In the spring of 2019, we partnered with VKST and SEGES, both agriculture advising services, for a campaign conducted in oil seed rape in Denmark on the island of Zealand. This collaboration was used to compare trap data with data gathered by the FaunaPhotonics insect sensor. The study was conducted to determine correlation between sensor and catch data.
We joined General Mills for a project in July, 2019 in North Dakota, USA to measure insect biodiversity in different crops. General Mills wants to be apart of sustainable agriculture and started multiple projects for more sustainable farms. The specific project we joined was Regenerative Agriculture.