What PlantCTTM is
The PlantCTTM System, from QuantisLabs Ltd. was designed for various applications including vineyard, orchard and arable crop production. The PlantCTTM System is a site specific management system which continuously monitors and updates the field conditions and data logs such as environmental conditions; disease risk, pest outbreaks and plant phenological phases. PlantCTTM gives you computations about pest risk, environmental information, weather forecast, phenology estimation and finally sends you all this data along with warning messages.
- reduce yield loss
- reduce spraying
- support your decisions
- predict infections
- shield human health
- mitigate environment risk
- save money for you
HUGE YIELD AND QUALITY LOSS
Annual yield loss amounts to 30-40 % of total crop production in general.
YIELD LOSSES OCCUR WHEN A CROP IS AFFECTED BY PESTS OR HARMFUL WEATHER CONDITIONS AS IT GROWS AND DEVELOPS.
How to decrease the amount of yield loss?
By using the pest detection and frost prediction the PlantCTTM can reduce the impact of harmful weather events on crops and helps the user to intervene in time.
Also, the PlantCTTM System functions in an environmentally friendly way by saving you money in decreasing the use of pesticides and forecasting possible crop loss events.
The PlantCTTM System’s highly sophisticated infection prediction models monitor these changing environmental factors:
rain precipitation and
The models use the extended BBCH-scale, which is a system for the uniform coding of phenologically growth stages in mono- and dicotyledonous plant species (Meier, 2001).
Fact-based decisions to avoid overspraying and unnecessary costs.
The excessive use of plant protection products is a risk to human health, non-target organisms, the environment and results in the development of pesticide resistant pests while adding HIGH COSTS to crop management.
CHEMICAL TREATMENT TIMING
Early diagnosis of disease infection and identification of pest attacks are often difficult with traditional equipment. Determining the timing of a chemical application is one of the number of factors a professional grower has to be aware of including: the application rate and frequency; efficiency of the active substance in the plant protection product; and long term risk of introducing pesticide resistant pests. In addition the grower needs to know the local environmental conditions and weather forecast to avoid ineffective chemical treatments.
How can we help?
Plant CT’s leaf-area calculations help accurately determine the amount spraying material required and prevents overspraying. In case if of a winery for grape you can save one or two sprayings, reducing yield losses by 30 %, and saving around 20 % of pesticide use.
A microclimate is a uniform local climate forming a small habitat – sometimes only a few rows in a vineyard or orchard – where the atmosphere and ground meet.
Plant protection on microclimatic levels
Across a single location, there are many different microclimates and there are five main factors affecting microclimates: topography, soil, water, vegetation and the artificial structures.
The canopy is a special microclimate around the foliage of an individual plant – either in arable crops, vineyards or orchards – and is visited by invasive pathogens/pests, which traditional agriculture can only tackle in a homogenous way.
PLENTY OF LOCAL AREAS WITH SPECIAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
Farmers often produce crops on different ground levels that have diverse physiographic factors and exceptional microclimates. There is a need to monitor these production areas under controled environmental parameters with specific measures to suppress harmful organisms such as pests, plant diseases or weeds.
The PlantCTTM System is able to trap the airborne pathogen spores, determines the number of spores in the airspace and analyses what kind of pathogens will infect the plantation.
The PlantCTTM System has an automated spore trap. The warning system is able to alert growers to the disease risk in the concentration level of airborne pathogens – like downy mildew, powdery mildew, grey mould, etc. – in vineyards or orchards.
The knowledge of spore concentrations during the growing season is a useful tool for disease management, estimation of real infection risk, and helps growers to reduce the chemical application rate and frequency.
PlantCTTM System applys an AI based pest detection method.
The PlantCTTM scanner has fully-automated sensors for pest detection. Physical sensors are enhanced by state of the art artifical intelligence. The decision support system is capable of the following features:
- capture members of a specific insect species
- calculate their critical phenological stage
- determine when a chemical treatment is required.
For monitoring individual moth species the traps need to be baited with a commercially synthesized sex pheromone lure. A minimum of two installed traps are necessary on the southern side of an orchard or vineyard and additionally traps are needed on sites over 1o acres.
With the PlantCTTM system the users can follow simultaneously the growth of the BBCH, the flight curve and the number of captured insects per day. The system recognizes the type of insects and will help you to choose the most effective and environmentally friendly solution and spraying method
LEAF SURFACE SENSOR
The leaf sensor can check any lesions or symptoms, or even track the leaf in it’s developing stages.
The PlantCT™ system has a high resolution leaf surface camera that is able to observe any lesions or symptoms on the leaf surface and take macro photos.
The leaf surface sensor is a very handy tool for plant areas with a lot of variants and checks the current phenological state of a possible infection threat. The sensor creates small images which it sends to the PlantCT™ system’s backend server for further analysis.
The PlantCT™ System’s canopy camera lets you observe
- any mechanical injury on the foliage
- the phenological stages
- any nutrient and water deficiency.
This sensor type helps to survey any canopy injuries like hail, frost or wind damage.
The canopy sensor allows the user a broad view of the events around the PlantCT™ station. It can monitor
- the BBCH stages of the plants
- the development of the leaves
- the weather conditions
- the quality of the completed agro-technical operations.
The sensor creates small images which it sends to the PlantCT™ system’s backend server for further analysis.
When you have plenty of fields it’s sometimes hard to control what happened and where. We help you to do this by tracking the most important events in your electronic field book.
WHAT IS THE FIELDBOOK?
It’s an interface where you can easily find all the data you need to keep your fields healthy. It’s a smart interface and easy to understand. You can export, import and store an unlimited amount of information there while at the same time getting access to data-based advice.
Select your solutions and keep track of your actions. Keep your fieldbook up to date just like using a diary.
KEEP YOUR EYES ON....
All of your operations and observations – irrigation, spraying, detected pests, pathogens, weeds and nutrient deficieny. Be warned about every major weather event – drought, frost and hail.
In need of advice?
We can help you choose with our decision support system – the recommendations are based on applied science and data from your fields.
Do you grow in an organic way? The Organic Analysis function lets you a statistically evaluate how environmentally-friendly your crop production is.
Organic farming is a method of crop production which minimizes the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones.
WHAT DOES ORGANIC FARMING INVOLVE?
Organic farming presents many challenges and although nearly everything can be produced organically, some crops are more challenging than others to grow. Integrated pest and weed management, along with soil conservation systems, are the toolkit for an organic farm.
WE OFFER YOU A HELPING HAND
Based on our customer’s demands QuantisLabs Ltd, and it’s contracting partners, offer a wide range of consulting services from basic agricultural knowledge to the highest levels of organic growing technologies.
Decision Support System
Using the PlantCT™ System for optimizing plant protection management and safe pesticide application.
Nowadays decision support systems (DSS) are becoming not only important tools but also are increasingly essential for local areas with special microclimatic conditions. Used as a disease/pest warning system, a DSS helps users to determine when to apply control measures to suppress diseases and pests.
The PlantCT system has two main parts: one an on-site device deployed in a vineyard or orchard; and the other, a web-based tool that analyses weather sensor data. The forecasting system gives predictions by using mathematical models, provides a warning message to the customer about the risk level based on these models. Risk evaluations are no substitute for decision making but they help to inform on choice in using a chemical application. After a treatment and allowing for the time interval from the last application date, the PlantCT System will restart monitoring until the end of the growing season for any potential new pathogen infection or pest damage.