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Development of an optical method for the diagnosis of pathogens in fruit


Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur- und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Federal State

North Rhine-Westfalia


Emilie-Preyer-Platz 1
40479 Düsseldorf

Website: External link to the authority

Project Title

Development of an optical method for the diagnosis of pathogens in fruit

Project description

The aim is to develop an electronic warning system with automated diagnosis of pathogens of important plant diseases; a "pathosensor". The detection of pathogens together with the determination of the optimal time for treatment can reduce the use of pesticides in orchards by up to 80%. At the same time, plant protection can be improved.
Spores of the apple scab pathogen Venturia inaequalis are to be detected and quantified. For this purpose, a prototype of the "pathosensor" will be developed for installation in orchards. This consists of a box that sucks spores from the air and a special optical system that detects the spores. These are identified and counted using artificial intelligence. Then a software calculates the risk of infection with further data and creates a specific treatment recommendation.
The system permanently monitors the orchards and the grower receives the recommendations in real time. The result is a warning system with maximum safety that is also environmentally friendly, as high efficiencies are possible and superfluous treatments can be dispensed with.
In addition to its use in apple cultivation, this project also serves as a model for

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Results and the Final report will be found here, as soon as the project is completed.

Key words

  • Outdoor horticulture and woody crops (incl. viticulture, olives, fruit, ornamentals)
  • Pest/disease control

Main funding source

Rural development 2014-2020 for Operational Groups (in the sense of Art 56 of Reg.1305/2013)

OG contact information

amagrar GmbH
Werner-von-Siemens-Str. 28
52477 Alsdorf

Phone: +49 2404 9619502

Email: n.spees@amagrar.com

Type of OG partners

  • Farmer
  • Advisor
  • Researcher

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