German scientists are developing an innovative device which will monitor the growth of plants based on observation of the processes happening during the cultivation.
Innovation from Magdeburg
The invention created by scientists working at Fraunhofer Institute in Magdeburg is meant to assist farmers in controlling the cultivation of various plants, in particular sweetcorn and grapes grown on large plantations. Observation of cultivated organisms will be made not only via aerial photos, but also by looking inside the plants.
German scientists have applied hyperspectral imaging to taking the measurements. The technology has been used in forensic science, medical emergency care and meteorology. Thanks to the possibility of gathering and processing information about particular plants, the device is capable of providing precise information concerning their chemical makeup. Raw data is forwarded to the lab, where it is processed and interpreted.
The device will suggest to the farmers which nutrients the plant requires in a given climate and soil. This will make it easier to take decisions concerning the profitability of sowing various crops in particular places. Thanks to hyperspectral imaging, it will also be possible to detect diseases in plants, which initiate immunological mechanisms right after the infection, but the reaction remains invisible to the naked eye for some time.
Future of farming depends on modernization
Following the interest of EU authorities, the invention of Magdeburg scientists is likely to influence the daily work of European farmers in the foreseeable future. The possibility of “cooperating” with cultivated crops is a huge leap forward in the pursuit of modernization of EU agriculture and making it more competitive.