Delair has entered into a strategic collaboration to accelerate plant breeding and variety testing with drone data.
The partnership will enable seed breeders and variety testers to benefit from an integrated and easy-to use workflow to merge the research data managed in PhenomeOne software with the high-throughput plant data collected by Delair drone solutions.
Both companies hope the combination of capabilities will allow faster development of the most optimal varieties adapted to the current agriculture challenges, such as diseases or water stress.
The partnership overcomes two existing limiting factors by combining the extensive breeding management capabilities of the PhenomeOne software with the productive and plant-focused mapping performances of the Delair UX11 AG drone for agriculture.
Lénaic Grignard, Delair’s agriculture and forestry marketing manager, commented: “We believe this unique collaboration is a real opportunity for seed breeders and variety testers to benefit from the best of our two worlds, state-of the-art crop research and advanced aerial intelligence.”
He added: “The team at Phenome Networks also shares our vision to develop a wide and open ecosystem of partners to facilitate better decisions in agriculture and unlock the big data genetic potential of plants.”
As part of the release, the companies went on to detail how the new workflow will allow breeders to design field trials with the sophisticated maps provided in PhenomeOne and synchronize them with Delair.ai to build the digital twin of an experimental field based on drone data collection.