Current Live Projects at the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

The University of Lincoln has a proud track record of developing and delivering solutions for organisations in the farming and food manufacturing sectors and our partnerships with industry and businesses are central to our research agenda. With strong industry links and academic partnership, our multidisciplinary research and practical problem solving is expanding quickly as the list below demonstrates. 


Innovate UK - Development of autonomous mushroom picking robot

The Horticultural Development Council – Genetic and environmental interaction poinsettia production and shelf life.

IT as a Utility Network – Feasibility of the IoT for domestic refrigerators, food safety and waste

Innovate UK – Autonomous robots to support fruit picking

Berry Gardens Ltd – The potential for automation in the soft fruit industry

BOC Ltd – Rapid surface chilling of chickens to reduce campylobacter

Innovate UK/ Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – Third generation polyethylene greenhouse cladding materials

Sharp Laboratories of Europe Ltd – Beta testing of novel optical nitrate sensor for use in hydroponic cultivation systems

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Optimised greenhouse light environments, modelling whole plant responses to spectral quality

Innovate UK – The development of dynamic energy control mechanisms for food retailing refrigeration systems

Science and Technologies Facilities Council – Synthesis of remote sensing and novel ground truth sensors to develop high resolution soil moisture forecasts in China and UK.

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board – Development and demonstration of an automated selective broccoli harvester

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council/ Innovate UK – 3D vision assisted robotic harvesting of broccoli

Innovate UK – Small holder supply chain development, using UK science and technology to improve rural livelihoods.

Innovate UK – Whole supply chain hurdle approach to control Campylobacter

Innovate UK – 3D vision based crop- weed discrimination for automated weeding operations.

James Findlay Ltd – Automation system in production and quality control for cut flowers presentation packs

Innovate UK – The development of a dynamic energy control system for food retailing refrigeration systems

Innovate UK/ Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Spark Award – Laser based sensing technology for improved control of spraying booms for agricultural spraying vehicles

Technology Strategy Board - Creating new multi-purpose imaging technology to automate quality inspection tasks in food processing and packaging

Horizon 20:20 – Farm systems that produce good water quality for drinking supplies

Environment Agency - The Impact of field drainage in Lincolnshire

University of Lincoln – Saline RIF project. The Impact of flood events on coastal economies.

Environment Agency - Collaboration on diffuse of rural pollution, flood attenuation measures

Soil Health Project in Kenya - Soil Health Research Partnership

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