Growing the potential for agritech innovation
Technology is allowing huge advancements to take place in agriculture, aquaculture and horticulture by improving yield, profitability and efficiency. Emerging technologies, such as biotechnology, novel materials, big data and the Internet of Things, are allowing farmers to optimise the use of resources and streamline the management of everyday tasks. CPI has extensive experience of working with these emerging technologies and can provide companies with the facilities and expertise required to commercialise innovative agritech solutions.
Developing novel solutions that match industry needs
Our world-class, open access facilities and expertise across a range of technology platforms allow you to scale up, demonstrate and prove your innovative agritech products and processes.
Supporting the development of high value, sustainable ingredients
We can assist with creating actives and co-formulants for biosimulants, plant probiotics, crop protection products, seed coatings and fertilisers. We also have expertise to support the development of alternative protein sources and microbiome-based therapeutics, which is vital for animal health and nutrition technologies. Through our range of identification and screening tools for host strains, we can de-risk and support you with the scale up and pilot scale demonstration of your novel bioprocesses. Our teams can guide you through the development of production methodologies and produce materials for application testing, including large volumes of materials for field trials.
Increasing efficiency in processing
Our skilled scientists can support you with resource-efficient process development and scale-up for synthetic and bio-derived ingredients, such as actives, polymers, surfactants and thickeners. We also have a wealth of experience in formulation processing for complex liquids and solids such as fertilisers, seed coatings, biosimulants, plant probiotics and those used in crop protection. Our experience in powder processes, including conveying, packing and filing, allows us to guide you towards safer handling, process efficiency and reduced pack giveaway.
Optimising formulated product development
We combine deep scientific understanding, automation, characterisation and industrial know-how to enable a data-rich and rational design process which accelerates the development of new and robust formulated products. Our experience and skills in targeted delivery technologies, such as encapsulation, enables controlled release and improved efficacy of actives, enzymes and whole cells. We work with you to develop test methods that are predictive of real-world product performance and practical to deploy at scale, allowing the development of smarter test methods for proving product performance attributes.
Driving innovation in smart farming
Our teams are experienced in a number of technologies that enable the Internet of Things to enhance arable and pastural farming practices. The Internet of Things enables lower cost and conformable sensors for monitoring of crop environment and conditions, the production of sensors for tracking and tracing of crops, and ultra-concentrated formulations that enable bespoke, responsive applications. Our teams can help with artificial environmental enhancement using lighting and photonics systems. We are also able to offer a variety of techniques and skills to help you produce biomarkers and biosensors for improved animal husbandry, large area conformable sensors for monitoring animal health, sensors for atmospheric testing of animal housing, and sensors for tracking and tracing of livestock using RFID/NFC.