The propagation of roses by cuttings is one of the most applied (propagation) methods. At present the cutting and planting of potroses is a manual process/procedure. The major (technical) limitations are the low productivity and the variations in quality. Moreover, it is a boring job. Therefore, the objective of the intended R&D-project is to develop an autornated s,vstem for the cutting and planting of rose cuttings which has the following specifications: 1) a high productivity (> 7200 cuttings/h), 2) a high and uniform quality, and 3) a short through-put time (reduction of the chance of infection). The proposed system will be composed of a number of innovative techniques, such as a recognition (vision) system, a robotic systern and a handling clip system. Preliminary estimates show that the potential benefits (industrial impact) of such a system are favourable compared to the (development) costs. A prototype will be built which will provided the data for the design of a commercial autornated system for the cutting and planting of rose cuttings. The consortium consists of developers and endusers of the proposed system.
Funding SchemeCRS - Cooperative research contracts
5674 CC Nuenen
2481 KJ Woubrugge
5750 AA Deurne