The Essex Plant Innovation Centre’s (EPIC) research embeds a focus on industry solutions in the everyday work of academics.
EPIC covers the breath of plant science, encompassing both the Life Sciences and Computer Sciences. The research undertaken at EPIC answers the fundamental questions and real-world problems of the agri-tech and environmental industries.
The funded projects our researchers are already involved in include innovation in robotic automation, the development of hydroponic systems and the use of LED lighting for plant growth.
We've partnered with Middle East Technical University in Turkey, to develop near real-time processing of soil and environmental data using the Internet of Things. By improving knowledge of the conditions of fields we can enable early responses to droughts, pests or other issues that can damage crops and decrease yield.
We're working with colleagues from Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, to develop a reliable wireless sensor network that will monitor forest areas at risk of wildfires to enable early detection of a fire outbreak.
This collaborative project, carried out with partner institutions in the Netherlands and Belgium, will develop a novel hydroponic system for growing baby leaf salads.
This Knowledge Transfer Partnership project, run in partnership with Wilkin & Sons, combines the Internet of Things and computer vision with expertise on plant disease to create a platform and that will monitor crop health, allowing early warning of a problem such as drought or pests.