(AgFunderNews) Meet the founder: Agrela’s Nadia Shakoor on how to restore biodiversity to US highways

“The PheNode is designed to be a platform for other folks’ innovation,” Agrela founder and CEO Nadia Shakoor says of her company’s environmental monitoring platform that recently launched commercially.

Her company has spent the last eight years perfecting the hardware, which was originally developed for agriculture but has also shown itself effective on other biodiversity and soil health projects.

Agrela’s most recent project is a collaboration with The Ray, a nonprofit by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation that works with the Georgia Department of Transportation to regenerate the landscape along US highways. Agrela’s PheNode device is currently at three locations along an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in West Georgia monitoring pollinator gardens, bioswales and Kernza grain plots.