2022 02 25
DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTEGRATED PEST CONTROL SYSTEM USING AERODISTANCE-SPECTROMETRIC METHODSBack
In today’s word the quality and price balance is really hard to find. For millions of people around the world McDonalds is delicious and considerably cheap, but diet experts and nutritionists would definitely say that it is bad for your health.
Similar situation can be seen in the AgriFood sector. Chemical plant protection products is the easiest way to protect plants from harmful organisms, but it challenges the future of high-quality, uncontaminated food and sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture.
This is why we are developing an integrated pest control system.
How does it work?
It all starts from the picture. Images captured during different flights of the aircraft in different sections of the light spectrum and the coordinates of the aircraft’s position after processing allow the creation of:
• field parameter objects;
• vector information maps linked to the grid.
These maps make it possible to identify nests of pests, and such information allows the farmer to use resources and techniques rationally, avoid production losses and thus increase farm productivity and reduce the negative impact of farming on the environment.
Sharing is caring. The project website will present the methodology for the control of harmful organisms developed, which will describe in detail the non-invasive data collection methods, the principles of their processing and the basics of the operation of the information system. In addition, the website will allow the farmer to analyze his own self-collected data. To this end, after collecting the spectral images and processing them according to the developed methodology, the user will be able to upload them to a publicly available system module where he will be presented with a specific situation of the farm: crop damage areas and extent of damage.
Why is this needed?
One of the most important challenges in agriculture today is high-quality, uncontaminated food and sustainable, environmentally friendly agriculture. To protect the crops, many farms do not do without chemical plant protection products. However, the aspect of plant protection measures is one of the most important areas in the European agricultural sector. Priority must be given to the prevention of harmful organisms and the use of chemical plant protection products only when absolutely necessary. Also, education and training for plant protection product users, distributors and plant protection consultants is needed.
Host institution: Lithuanian Business Support Agency (LVPA)
Instrument: STRENGTHENING RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION. Intelektas. Bendri mokslo–verslo projektai
Project start: 14.02.2019
Project end: 14.10.2021