AI IN AGRICULTURE: THE HORTICULTURAL GROWING IN GREENHOUSES

AI IN AGRICULTURE: THE HORTICULTURAL GROWING IN GREENHOUSES

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Optimizing plants is a grower’s daily task. Many growers make frequent use of Wageningen University’s knowledge for it. Professor Leo Marcelis has been researching plants in greenhouse horticulture at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. As a professor and chairholder in Horticulture and Product Physiology. The researchers reached a process that changes the agriculture usual system replacing it with AI In production.
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It’s increasingly equipped with all sorts of sensors for gathering data. Using special sensors holds the name “E-gro” sensors for collecting and optimizing data in a clear accurate study of the greenhouse plants e-GRO (Electronic Grower Resources Online) is a collaborative effort of floriculture specialists to create a new clearing house for alerts about disease, insect, environmental, physiological and nutritional disorders being observed in commercial greenhouses.

 

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The information must be linked and turned into smart algorithms. e-Gro is an example of a tool that makes this possible. We see that autonomous greenhouse control is a growing innovation and that more and more actions in the greenhouse are being automatized. That’s the ultimate goal: the plant in the greenhouse completely autonomously controlled. In our research, we are conducting experiments to discover how we can make this become a reality in the future.” Said by LEO MARCELi.

E-gro augment the human labor workforce and are used in various forms. These bots can harvest crops at a higher volume and faster pace than human laborers, more accurately identify and eliminate weeds, and reduce costs for farms by having a round the clock labor force.

The E-gro founded an Application. e-Gro combines relevant data from various sources on a single online software platform. The result: a detailed 24/7 picture of the situation in your greenhouse, giving you more control and allowing you to make informed decisions. e-Gro helps you with data-driven Precision Growing

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This digital innovation gives greenhouse growers smarter insights into the greenhouse, allowing an even more efficient cultivation. E-Gro is officially launched during the HortiContact 2019 trade show.The result is a groundbreaking new product that makes a next step in high-tech cultivation possible. Wilbert van Bussel, General Manager at grower company Wim Peters and involved in the development of e-Gro: "E-Gro brings together data from various systems, establishes the link between them and that helps me to make informed choices." Based on feedback, the software platform is continuously developed and new features are added. E-Gro can be linked to the most common climate computer systems and is available for both smartphone, tablet and desktop. The researchers of Wageningen University found that efficiency of the recent used sensor aided in detecting diseases in plants, pests, and poor plant nutrition on farms.  AI sensors can detect and target weeds and then decide which herbicides to apply within the right buffer zone. This helps to prevent over application of herbicides and excessive toxins that find their way in our food.
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Additionally, farmers are beginning to turn to chatbots for assistance. Chatbots help answer a variety of questions and provide advice and recommendations on specific farm problems. Chatbots are already being used in numerous other industries with great success.Within the theme Greenhouse Design, the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture is working on subjects such as: Light in the greenhouse, (high-grade) energy-supplying greenhouses, innovative greenhouse cover materials, strength and safety.

References.
Prof. dr. LFM Leo Marcelli , June 25 2017 , WUR (Wageningen university &research)

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