Start-up Greenshield launches its agronomic monitoring offer to control health risks in viticulture

Greenshield’s innovative approach, which combines agronomy, mathematics, artificial intelligence and technology, is particularly suited to the vineyard. The Agronomic Monitoring by Greenshield offer is aimed at farm managers, wine consultants, cognac and champagne houses, cooperative wineries and institutions.

After several years of R&D, Greenshield, a young innovative company specializing in solutions for controlling health risks and protecting crops, officially presented its Agronomic tracking by Greenshield offer dedicated to viticulture at the Vinitech-Sifel 2022 fair last December.

Agronomic surveillance is an offer that allows wine sectors to fight diseases in a sustainable way, controlling epidemic and health risks. The start-up, based in Paris and Cognac, supports farmers in their agroecological transition, as illustrated by the experiments carried out since 2019 at AOC Cognac.

An agrotech start-up with an innovative model

Founded in 2016 by François Feugier, PhD in mathematical biology, and his uncle Jean-Pierre Plonquet, from INSA Lyon, Greenshield is located in Paris and Cognac. The company aims to support farmers in their agroecological transition by offering solutions to manage the risks associated with changes in disease control strategies. The start-up is developing a complete agronomic monitoring system to gather data from different sources and improve it agronomically. Today specialized in the wine sector, Greenshield intends to implant itself in the areas of commercial gardening tomorrow. The company filed two patents, received the GreenTech Innovation seal and recently won the BPI call for projects “Innovate for a successful agroecological transition” labeled France 2030.

Agronomic monitoring by Greenshield

Backed by its R&D expertise, Greenshield’s offering is based on a three-step approach, the first part based on collecting data directly about crops. For vitivinicultures, Greenshield designed an on-board sensor, the VineMapper, which detects in real time, thanks to artificial intelligence, anomalies such as diseases or disabilities. In addition, the VineSpot agronomic research mobile application allows you to focus data collection on strategic areas of the plots. The VineCore platform aggregates and values ​​this data. Another step is the modeling of the data collected, to determine the dynamics of the diseases and the effectiveness of the products. Finally, the last step, the optimization of treatment strategies, to define, for example, the schedule and optimal treatment doses according to a set of conditions such as climate, costs, product dosages, leaching control, etc.

Employ sustainable treatment strategies

“How can we support winegrowers in the fight against disease by employing sustainable treatment strategies? This is the problem we started with François to develop Greenshield. Our aim is to provide effective transition solutions for stakeholders in the agricultural ecosystem,” explain Jean-Pierre Plonquet and François Feugier, co-founders of Greenshield agroecology.

Agronomy, mathematics, artificial intelligence and technology

Viticulture accounts for 800,000 hectares in France and is the second largest user of pesticides in terms of volume. Viticulture is a sector engaged in an important movement towards more sustainable practices. Greenshield’s innovative approach, which combines agronomy, mathematics, artificial intelligence and technology, is particularly suited to the vineyard. The Agronomic Monitoring by Greenshield offer is aimed at farm managers, wine consultants, cognac and champagne houses, cooperative wineries and institutions.

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