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Acquiring plant features with optical sensing devices in an organic strip-cropping system

Krus, Anne; van Apeldoorn, Dirk; Valero, Constantino and Ramirez, José Juan (2019) Acquiring plant features with optical sensing devices in an organic strip-cropping system. In: Book of Abstractsof All the Posters, Montpellier, France, pp. 104-105.

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There is an increasing market for organic agriculture (Golijan & Popovi\vs, 2016). However, the lack of attention for biodiversity and soil fertility of current practices is a pressing issue. The SUREVEG project (CORE Organic Cofund, 2018) therefore looks at strip-cropping in organic production and its implementation in intensive farming to improve soil fertility and biodiversity throughout Europe. The aim is to enhance resilience (Wojtkowski, 2008), system sustainability, local nutrient recycling, and soil carbon storage (Wang, Li & Alva, 2010) among others. To counteract the additional labour of a multi-crop system, a robotic tool is proposed, which will operate upside down suspended from a wide-span mobile carriage. Within the project framework, a modular proof-of-concept (POC) version will be produced, combining sensing technologies with actuation in the form of a robotic arm. This POC will focus on fertilization needs, which are to be identified in real-time at the single-plant scale.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:lidar, organic farming, robotics
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Crop combinations and interactions
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > SUREVEG
Spain > Polytechnic University of Madrid
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Deposited By: Valero, Constantino
ID Code:36681
Deposited On:11 Nov 2019 12:56
Last Modified:11 Nov 2019 12:56
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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