Montpellier, France · Napa, CA, USA
Agriculture and Farming · Information Technology
Fruition Sciences provides winemakers and grape-growers with a holistic plant-based decision tool to optimize the quality of their grapes. The tool can be accessed from a desktop, laptop, or mobile phone via a standard web browser. Using proprietary algorithms, sap flow and weather data are analyzed and processed to compute three parameters: reference evapotranspiration, plant transpiration, and vine stress. Users can connect, integrate, and overlay vineyard information using the web-based application. Sap Flow Sensors are installed in the vineyard to identify how the vineyard is transpiring and responding to the weather; a wireless network is added to sensors to allow automatic data retrieval, which is done every 15 minutes and transmitted in real time; and the weather and sap flow data are routed to a central server where the data is stored. The company’s process includes initial consultation: visits vineyards, gathers some history, and determines the best locations for the sensors; installation: installs, de-installs, and calibrates sensors according to plant architecture; analysis: analyzes the irrigation effect on vine via transpiration monitoring; and training: offers technical training sessions on how to install sensors and interpret vine transpiration profiles. Fruition Sciences was co-founded by Sébastien Payen and Thibaut Scholasch with the help of David Aslin and David Walther. It was established in California, United States in 2007 and in Montpellier, France in 2009. It was incorporated as a Delaware C corporation in 2007.
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