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

  • Yield Prophet

    Developing an agronomic growth model to predict yield

    Feb 20, 2017

  • HarvestPort

    Online marketplace to rent and lease seasonal agricultural equipment

    Feb 20, 2017

  • KnipBio

    Developing bacterial protein for animal feed using alcohol fermentation

    Feb 20, 2017

  • Weather Decision Technologies

    Weather data analysis and weather prediction services

    Feb 6, 2017

  • BioConsortia

    Develops microbial-based crop growth and protection products

    Feb 6, 2017

  • ec2ce

    Artificial intelligence service to forecast agricultural commodities and other aspects of agriculture

    Feb 6, 2017

  • Marrone Bio Innovations

    Bio-based pest management and plant health products

    Feb 6, 2017

  • Ida-Ore

    Mining zeolite to produce agricultural soil amendments and animal feed additives

    Jan 23, 2017

  • Calysta

    Develops fermentation process to produce aquaculture feed and chemicals from natural gas

    Jan 23, 2017

  • PlantCare

    Soil moisture sensors and smart irrigation controllers for agriculture

    Jan 23, 2017

  • Ynsect

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

    Jan 19, 2017

  • UniBio

    Develops gas fermentation process to produce animal feed

    Jan 9, 2017

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SAMPLE AGRO INNOVATION TOPICS
  • 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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