Synchrotron Thailand Central Lab successfully developed a smart farm for cultivation of a high-value type of small mushrooms called "cordyceps militaris". The technology has been made possible through the use of AI and feedback control. The scientists and engineers here turned a common factory-size refrigerator into an intelligent compartment for cropping the mushroom. Such technology requires a delicate control of humidity, temperature, light and gases. Control conditions and mushroom growth can be monitored through a smart-phone in real-time.
In collaboration with Zego Farm Ltd., Synchrotron Institute built several of these intelligent plants distributed to the farmers in rural areas in the southern part of Thailand with their aims to improve the quality of life of those poor farmers through selling of high-value crops. In the pictures, Professor MD Soranit Silathum, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand, presided the event of delivering the smart farms to those farmers from Yala and Narathiwas Provinces.