Potato late blight (Phytophthora) causes significant losses amongst the European potato growers. To win the battle against this very infectious disease, potato growers use significant amounts of fungicides as a precautionary measure. From an environmental and economical point of view it is important to optimise spraying activities. DACOM has set up a spraying advisory service to farmers through internet services; the Plant Plus system. On the basis of weather information, the presence of infection sources, etc the farmers are advised when to spray. In support of the control of Phytophthora disease there is clear need of additional spatial related information to improve, support and extend the spraying service. We propose to formulate a RTD proposal how the current spraying advisory service can take advantage of the expertise in the field of earth observation, GIS and Internet providing services in the end to develop an improved spatial prototype of the system.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards
PE14 8BB Wisbech