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Better spinach through AI: Tokyo startup automates seedling selection

Robot-assisted measuring and replanting designed to reduce food loss

An AI system analyzes photographs of spinach seedlings to help evaluate their growth and potential. (Photo obtained by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- A Japanese agricultural startup has developed technology that uses artificial intelligence to assess the growth and potential of spinach seedlings, aiming to reduce food loss by increasing yields and efficiency.

Tokyo-based Farmship developed the technology with Pi Material Design, an information science startup that originated from the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki prefecture.

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