In a world first, Costa is working with Israeli company Arugga AI Farming to deploy robotic pollination for truss tomato plants at its tomato glasshouse operation in Guyra, NSW.
Pollination in glasshouses around the world is generally done using bumblebees, however their use is banned in Australia. That means the pollination process is done by hand.
In this commercial deployment, robotic pollinators drive along the rows, find flowers that are ready for pollination using artificial intelligence and send air pulses to vibrate the flowers in a specific manner which imitates buzz pollination as performed by bumblebees.
Take a look at the robots in action in the video below.