Vivent receives new funding from ePlant and Astanor Ventures


A unique AI technology that allows growers to tune into the early warnings of disease, pests, nutrient deficiencies and water stress that all plants communicate has received €1.8 million of funding from ePlant, Inc. and Astanor Ventures.

The ‘Fitbit of plants’, PhytlSigns is the first commercial crop health diagnostic system based on plant electrophysiology – the collection of internal electrical, mechanical and chemical signalling networks plants use to coordinate growth, reproduction and defence.

Produced by Swiss biosignals specialists, Vivent, PhytlSigns was previously successfully deployed in sophisticated greenhouses and has now been proven effective for field-grown crops, meaning it can serve a much wider range of growers and crops across Europe and North America.
Vivent has worked with greenhouse growers throughout the last full season, using PhytlSigns to monitor their crops in real-time. The information the technology provides supports their decision-making on climate control for indoor applications, as well as for irrigation, crop protection and fertilization. It is currently used on tomatoes, peppers, strawberries and eggplants. Field trials on tomato, apple and grape crops have also proven the efficacy of the technology.
Vivent announced a partnership with Bayer in August to accelerate the discovery of innovative crop protection chemistry.
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