Agri-Tech in China Newton Network+

Newsletter July 2018


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Network+ building a legacy for the future

The next phase of the Network+ will focus on working with the Chinese Agricultural University (CAU) and their newly established National Academy of Green Development. We will be developing a prototype AGRI-TECH INTEGRATION PLATFORM based at CAU’s experimental site in Quzhou, Hebei province, about 400 km south of Beijing in the North China Plain.

A complementary workstream based in the Shandong province, where average farm size is much larger than at Quzhou, will ensure we provide a legacy in a separate province with agriculture on a different scale.

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Network+ success and impact

The Network+ is showing huge potential to apply and develop agri-tech in China to make agriculture more sustainable; the expanding availability and pervasiveness of data and technology (Earth observation, ground based sensors, UAVs, robotics, internet of things) and has developed an active network of private and public sector organisations.

Find out more about the success of the Network+  in our new brochure.

See the first of our impact case studies.


Latest projects funded under the Network+


Precision management of water and nitrogen in Southern ChinaUniversity of Edinburgh and Wuhan University


Applying remote sensing to improve efficiency of nitrogen use for potato production and breedingNIAB EMR, Aberystwyth University, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Xisen Potato Industry Group Ltd


China robot harvest++University of Plymouth, Fieldworks Robotics Ltd., Shanghai Sunqiao Modern Agricultural United Development Company, Shanghai Jiaotong University, DeTao

Three further projects were funded following the latest Open Innovation Workshop in Shandong (see below).

A series of agile projects are also being funded to develop the Agri-Tech Integration platform - more on that soon.

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Open Innovation Workshop, 9-13 July 2018, Shandong, China 

Our Shandong Workshop helped us shape plans for the next phase of the Network+ which is focussing on two areas:

  • Developing a prototype Agri-Tech Integration Platform
  • Scaling up agri-tech innovation from small farms to much larger scales.

The Shandong Workshop was aimed at the latter of these two areas. 

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Three new projects were approved for funding:

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Annual Meeting, 20-21 March 2018, University of Newcastle, UK

Our host Prof Zhenhong Li welcomed 48 participants to Newcastle University for our first annual network meeting. Network leader Prof John Crawford challenged us all to THINK BIG. 

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