June 2, 2021
Limagrain and Alteia Collaborate for Technology-Driven Approach to Phenotyping
Limagrain Field Seeds and Alteia have announced a 3-year partnership to accelerate the global deployment of artificial intelligence-based digital phenotyping for plant breeding and research programs.
The Alteia Platform will support Limagrain’s worldwide breeding research projects, allowing it to speed up data collection and enable higher quality phenotyping. Limagrain will deploy these streamlined and automated analysis workflows, from season planning to trait analysis, on the Alteia platform.
Each year, Limagrain Field Seeds conducts thousands of research trials in breeding stations across six continents to measure the performance of their varieties under different field and environmental conditions. “As a technology-driven company, we want to combine all the available technologies and innovations to better characterize and evaluate the varieties that will be grown by the farmers. This collaboration with Alteia will speed up our ability to deliver stable and high-yielding LG varieties, well adapted for farmers around the world,” said Fabienne Henriot, Head of the Abiotic Trait & Digital Phenotyping Platform at Limagrain Field Seeds.
The collaboration to scale up Limagrain research and development projects for field research and breeding empowers Limagrain’s breeding stations to use the Alteia platform worldwide. This will help streamline and standardize the information extracted from sensor-based field studies and run different types of analysis using both image analysis and artificial intelligence.
Currently, Limagrain uses a sensor-based phenotyping workflow, using a wide variety of sensors (RGB, multispectral sensors, etc.) and carriers (drones, robots, etc.). With the Alteia platform, Limagrain can now scale that specific workflow worldwide by accelerating the data standardization process, the automation of quality control, and the rapid development of real-time data-driven crop insights. Beyond that, Limagrain’s researchers can deploy new models and applications on top of the Alteia Platform, employing state-of-the-art methods and technologies (computer vision, machine learning, etc.) to continuously improve crop characterization.
“While capturing agricultural data has become easier than ever with the increasing availability and accessibility of sensors, the biggest challenge for clients is now to set up efficient workflows to leverage it. The Alteia platform offers various tools for data unification. AI enablement coupled with easy integration into a company’s IT ecosystem leads to very short deployment and adoption times,” said Lenaic Grignard, head of Agriculture and Forestry at Alteia. “We are excited to start this collaboration and become Limagrain’s technology partner to accelerate their digital transformation, leveraging technology and artificial intelligence for a more efficient and sustainable agriculture.”
Limagrain is an agricultural cooperative owned by nearly 1,500 farmers located in Limagne Val d’Allier (in the center of France) and an international seed group present in 57 countries with more than 9,000 employees. The Group breeds, produces, and distributes field seeds, vegetable seeds, and agri-food products. With a focus on the genetic progress of plants, it is driven by its purpose: cooperating for the advancement of agriculture everywhere, for everyone. As the fourth largest seed company worldwide, Limagrain, with well-known brands in their markets such as LG, Vilmorin, Hazera, Harris Moran, Jacquet, and Brossard, makes 1,909 million euros in sales, in addition to 642 million euros made jointly with its strategic partners.
With its international multi-crop LG brand, Limagrain Field Seeds is the global Feld Seeds division of Group Limagrain. Limagrain Field Seeds comprises six business units covering six continents with subsidiaries in over 40 countries and sales in 80 countries. Limagrain Field Seeds supplies LG branded seeds of Maize, Wheat, Sunflower, Winter Rape, and other regional crops to all farmers, large or small. A strong commitment to progress through technology ensures that plant variety improvements arrive continually from 84 research sites and are adapted for maximum local performance.
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