Buzz off: Israeli startup developing robotic pollinator raises $4 million
Equipped with cameras and AI-based computer vision, Arugga’s robot recognizes flowers ready for pollination and then applies an air-pressure mechanism to the selected flower
CTech | 14:53 24.05.2021
Israeli startup Arugga, which is developing an autonomous robot for treating and monitoring individual plants in greenhouses, has completed a $4 million pre-A series funding round led by Cresson and with participation by Smart Agro, an agri-tech R&D partnership traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Arugga, which has raised a total of $5.8 million to date, is launching its first module - robotic pollinator - to address the large market segment of greenhouse-grown tomatoes. The mechanical pollination module aims to replace the work of dwindling labor forces in countries where pollination is done manually. The company says it will also replace the work of bumblebees, the most widely used pollination solution, thus solving sensitivity to environmental conditions and pesticides, and preventing the spread of viruses.