Three grand challenges face a rapidly-growing world population: decreasing resource availability, increasing demand for nutritionally-sound, globally relevant diets, and the increasing fragility of the global distribution system. Supply disruptions lead to price spikes, and pressures on production like climate change, soil degradation, and water scarcity contribute to unstable yields year-over-year. Lux Research's Agro Innovation Intelligence covers technologies such as modified crops, precision agriculture, and advanced crop protection chemistries, that promise the answers to these challenges.
Companies looking to capitalize on agricultural opportunities must be able to:
  • Understand market dynamics to foresee growth opportunities in emerging and established agricultural markets
  • Monitor the interplay between emerging agricultural technologies around the globe
  • Assess companies in the varied industries that impact agriculture, from seeds to post-harvest processing
  • Navigate constantly evolving international policy landscapes
  • Understand the complex, often distorted value chains in the agriculture industry
  • Identify new technologies and opportunities that exist adjacent to existing core strengths, such as drones for crop monitoring and systems for open ocean aquaculture

Recently Profiled Companies

  • Ynsect

    Develops process using mealworms to produce protein meal for the animal feed industry

    Jan 19, 2017

  • Xtrem Biotech

    Microbial extremophile biostimulants

    Jan 9, 2017

  • UniBio

    Develops gas fermentation process to produce animal feed

    Jan 9, 2017

  • PrecisionHawk

    UAVs for low-altitude aerial data collection

    Dec 15, 2016

  • Mentari Alam Eko

    Food waste composter

    Dec 12, 2016

  • Farm Dog

    Farm management software providing pest and disease analytics for farmers, agronomists, and crop scouts

    Dec 12, 2016

  • GreenA

    Polymer adjuvant to enhance agrichemical deposition and reduce drift

    Dec 12, 2016

  • Growtainer

    Vertical farming system components and shipping container-based vertical farms

    Dec 12, 2016

  • Isagro

    (CSI) MIDSIZE An Italy-based developer, producer, and distributor of chemical and biological crop protection agents, with particular strength in fungicides

    Dec 6, 2016

  • Diagenetix

    Molecular diagnostics device for detection of microbial contamination and diseases

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Agrisoma

    Carinata genetics and drop-in fuel value chain developer

    Nov 28, 2016

  • Farmers Business Network

    Independent network of farms that contributes to an aggregated data platform

    Nov 28, 2016

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  • Crop modification platforms and technologies
  • Fertilizer optimization and application
  • Pesticides and biopesticides
  • Geospatial mapping and aerial imaging
  • Sensors for soil moisture and chemistry
  • No- and low-till farming approaches and tools
  • Vertical farming, hydroponics, aeroponics, and aquaponics
  • Microbial and microbe-derived soil enhancement and crop protection
  • Alternative nutrition sources for livestock and aquaculture feed
  • Increased water use efficiency
  • Increased yield
  • Enhanced yield stability
  • Increased crop resistance to
  • abiotic stressors like drought, heat, and salinity
  • Reduced agriculture’s carbon footprint
  • Improved crop storage post-harvest
  • Targeted fertilizer and pesticide use
  • Increased agricultural efficiency
  • Decreased irrigation
  • Improved livestock and aquaculture feed conversion efficiency
  • Targeted fertilizer and pesticide use
  • Increased agricultural efficiency
  • Decreased irrigation
  • Improved livestock and aquaculture feed conversion efficiency

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