Ceres Greenhouse Systems uses passive solar design principles coupled with plant sensing to provide growers real-time information on how to optimise growing conditions.
Marc Plinke, the inventor-innovator who founded Ceres Greenhouse Systems, focuses on using data to optimise yield and greenhouse environment management. Marc and his team have invested in a range of smart controls and sensors, including PhytlSigns crop electrophysiology monitoring.
"We’ve used environmental sensors for years but are excited about new developments in plant sensing," says Plinke. "We installed a PhytlSigns system in a client’s indoor grow and have been receiving regular reports as the crop has gone from vegetative to reproductive growth. As well as seeing distinct changes related to irrigation we can see stress levels before and after greenhouse operations that we had never been able to measure before. We're very excited about getting information from the plants for inclusion in our decision support systems."
PhytlSigns is a commercial crop health diagnostic system based on plant electrophysiology. PhytlSigns uses AI to interpret signals linked to plant stress and diagnoses pathogens and pests prior to the appearance of any visible symptoms. This technology can support standardization and sustainability in the legal cannabis sector.
"All plants use internal electrical, mechanical and chemical signalling networks to coordinate growth, reproduction and defence – and Vivent is the first company in the world to launch a commercial crop health diagnostic system based on plant electrophysiology," says Carrol Plummer, CEO of Vivent. "It is very important for us to partner with innovative greenhouse providers to support legal cannabis growers with standardisation and compliance as well as support sustainable growing practices."
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