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Projects get £22m to transform food production

Work to develop AI-based potato monitoring and electric weedkillers are among the projects awarded £22 million under a UK Research and Innovation scheme to boost food production and cut down on waste.

A total of 31 projects will receive £22.4m in grants, with a further £8.8m coming from industry partners, government funder UKRI announced on 28 June. The money forms part of the Transforming Food Production Challenge, a £90m industrial strategy fund to help businesses, researchers and industry research farming in the UK.

Winning projects include Rootwave in Warwickshire, which will use a £690,000 grant to use electricity instead of chemicals to kill weeds, and Tuberscan in Lincolnshire, which will use £391,000 to develop ground-penetrating radar, underground scans and artificial intelligence to monitor potato crops.

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