#25 of 100 - Edete
About 75% of the world’s crops rely on animal pollination – and honeybees are, by far, the main agricultural pollinators. But bee populations have been plummeting for the past 15 years in a phenomenon known as 'colony collapse disorder'. According to National Geographic, some regions have seen losses of up to 90 percent.
This dramatic drop in bee populations is risking the security of our global food supply.
Against this background, Edete is developing a pioneering artificial solution for pollination, capable of supplementing pollination by bees and even replacing it completely. With Edete's end-to-end artificial pollination, growers now have a solution that can not only secure agricultural yields, but increase yields too, at competitive costs to honeybee pollination.
Edete’s technology will rely on two advanced mechanical systems: one to harvest pollen, collecting it from flowers to build up a long-term storage of pollen stock, and another to conduct autonomous pollination, rapidly and thoroughly covering any open flower in its range, from the sky or from the ground.
The Israel-based company has developed a technological solution to the problem: “Artificial Pollination-as-a-Service.” With Edete's end-to-end artificial pollination, growers now have a solution that can not only secure agricultural yields, but increase yields too, at competitive costs to honeybee pollination.
Its first target market is almond growers—a $5.5 billion market in the US alone—followed by fruits like apples, pears, plums and cherries, and other crops like cotton, canola seed and pistachios.
Keren Mimran, Edete’s VP of Business Development and Marketing explains:
“Every third bite of the food we eat depends on animal pollination for reproduction, mainly on honey bees. We see a crisis in 15 years where we don’t have enough insects in the world to actually do pollination and most of our vitamins and fruits are gone. Edete wants to alleviate the impacts of dwindling pollinator populations on growers by dealing with the food dependency on insects. Our solution creates a safety net for the world's food security."