Robot saves grain – level 3

04-03-2022 15:00

A robot that is able to burrow through grain could help save millions of tons of food waste every year.

The Crover robot is able to go 10 meters beneath grain storage silos and report on moisture and humidity levels. A tiny sensor on the robot watches conditions in real-time, and it sends information to farmers via a smartphone app.

Long-term grain storage is laborious, dangerous, and easy to make mistakes. When grain isn’t stored correctly, temperature and moisture start to grow. As a result, bugs start to breed, and mycotoxins and fungus start to grow in the grain, which means a total loss to a farmer.

An estimated 630 million tons of grain are lost in storage every year on a global scale. The robot could help save grains and human lives, too.

Difficult words: burrow (to dig a hole or tunnel through the ground or something solid), silo (a tall tower that farmers use to store grain), mycotoxin (a toxic substance that a fungus makes).

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