“Of the more than 400,000 plant species on the planet, we consume less than 100”

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Through a new multi-year partnership, Soli Organic will work with plant breeding experts from the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences to select and advance the next generation of commercial organics grown indoors over the next five years. In addition, the partners will explore opportunities to commercialize new types of products which, while not feasible for commercial organic cultivation outdoors, can offer ideal flavor, nutritional and yield characteristics and can be grown organically indoors.

“Soli Organic is relentless in its pursuit of technologies and partnerships that support our vision to offer our retail partners and consumers nationwide a variety of fresh produce in a way that maximizes profitability while minimizing impact. on the environment, ”said Dr. Tessa Pocock, Scientific Director. (CSO) by Soli Organic. “Our cost advantage is anchored in the unitary economy linked to the growth of science and operational know-how – our ‘growth’. The expertise and knowledge offered by the technologists at Koidra and the team at Rutgers University will help us further improve this cost advantage over time. Therefore, we continue to be well positioned to take advantage of our recent market growth and financial performance, keeping our organic products affordable for consumers across the country.

Discovering new species
“Of the more than 400,000 plant species on the planet, we consume less than 100. We have not even scratched the surface of the different flavors and textures of plants. What will be essential for a sustainable future is to identify the plants that offer consumers the highest nutrient density combined with flavor, texture and “shelf appeal” and the lowest environmental impact. possible, ”said Dr. James (Jim) Simon, director of Rutgers New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products program.

Soli Organic is also adopting advanced technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), which will allow its covered farms to operate autonomously. These technologies do not replace human cultivators but rather elevate the complementary strengths of humans and machines. Soli Organic is partnering with AI and Internet of Things (IoT) company Koidra to empower growers to make data-driven decisions using cutting-edge machine learning.

Ken Tran, CTO of Koidra, brings years of AI and ML experience, which he brought to horticultural circles. Under Ken’s leadership and working with scientists and plant growers, Koidra’s AI and Internet of Things approach won the 2018 and the first phase of the 2021 International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge hosted by Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

“As the CEA sector continues to grow and production capacities increase, we could not be more proud at Koidra to work with Soli Organic to improve yields and resource use efficiency,” said Ken Tran , Chief Technology Officer of Koidra. “We are confident that our digital crop monitoring platforms and AI-based climate control technologies, combined with Soli Organic’s decades of experience in growing high-quality organics, will dramatically improve the capacity of the company to provide affordable, sustainably produced indoor-grown produce. consumers everywhere.

Rutgers University
State University of New Jersey

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