Petiole is a precision agriculture technology company developing solutions to improve agricultural research and decision-making about yields. Petiole provides accurate data with an advanced data analytics platform to help researchers make faster, more informed decisions. Petiole works with agriculture’s leading research institutions to remove technical challenges of specific leaf area measurement. Petiole can support agricultural research, agricultural chemistry, education, arable farming, ecology and horticulture.
The Petiole android app allows you to see plant leaf surface and chlorophyll content in just a few taps! The app monitors dynamics of plant growth using leaf-area measurement, helping to understand how a plant reacts to different factors (weather, growth promoters for example). It allows users to quantify leaf greenness and make predictions and observations about disease prevalence in the leaf at the touch of a button. Petiole has a mobile app to make leaf-area measurement and data cloud service to collect, process data and show growth in an affordable way.
The technology captures visual data from the plant leaf and transforms it into actionable insights to researchers via mobile and cloud applications.
Petiole’s goal is to be a world leader in solutions for agricultural research. Their vision is to enable precision plant leaf data into agriculture research to make agriculture more sustainable and to help feed a growing population.
The technology is unique to Petiole and has been developed for Android phones. The mobile application can be downloaded for free from Google Play.
On working with Farm491 and the RAU:
Maryna and Andrii found Farm491 online and after hearing positive feedback, applied for membership. They have attended workshops, talked to experts and learnt about different types of companies that might be of benefit to the development of their business. Maryna says that the partnership with Farm491 has been extremely fruitful and that Farm491’s support as a mentor has enabled their business to grow.
Main challenge of being an entrepreneur:
The development of Petiole has been a gradual process, with constant tweaking and improvement as feedback has been received. Technological challenges at the early stages were a stumbling point, especially when it was found that the app would not work for some specifications of camera on mobile phones. It also became apparent that some leaves, such as wheat, became too curved making them hard to measure. A solution was therefore developed for difficult leaves.