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Tree shape and foliage volume map guided precision orchard sprayer

Objective

Matching spray volume and direction to tree sizes and shapes can reduce chemical application, thus reducing operational costs and environmental pollution, by 30% and more. A tree-specific variable volume precision orchard sprayer, guided by foliage shape and volume map is proposed. Tree maps will be obtained by a novel 3D aerial survey method, converted from defence applications, and will be incorporated as a layer into a plant protection and orchard management GIS database. The sprayer guidance module will control spray amount and direction according to the foliage structure map. The supporting GIS database will be capable to monitor infestation, utilize plant protection management and decision support systems and to keep automatically detailed records of spray applications, from the guidance system feedback.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

MIGAL - GALILEE TECHNOLOGY CENTER, LTD
Address
S. Industrial Zone, Rosh Pina
10200 Kiryat Shemona
Israel

Participants (6)

A.P.A.C. - NATAV LTD
Israel
Address
Paamonit St. 119
71908 Maccabim
GISHA SYSTEM LTD
Israel
Address
Eben Ezra Street 1
91071 Jerusalem
HARDI INTERNATIONAL AS
Denmark
Address
Helgeshoj All' 38
2630 Taastrup
LANDESANSTALT FUER PFLANZENBAU UND PFLANZENSCHUTZ
Germany
Address
Essenheimerstr. 144
55128 Mainz
PRAKTIJKONDERZOEK PLANT AND OMGEVING B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Lingewal, 1
6668 LAS Randwijk
THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
Address
P. Box 6
50250 Bet Dagan