Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture

The application of new technology within integrated pest management and fruit production is becoming critical. The development of more efficient spray application methods is important to efficient pest and disease control. Coupled to this is the use of predictive models and various decision support methodologies. The current research programme has addressed both aspects. In addition a wide variety of pest and disease management issues have and are being addressed.

Expertise:
Integrated Pest Management Group
Spray Application Group

Projects list

  • Performance of apple trees derived from tissue culture compared to those from layer beds. (A. Kleinert)
  • Artificial intelligence for managing economic fruit pest efficiently. (P Addison and F Bekker) [Abstract]
  • Spray application techniques on pome and stone fruit trees to improve spray deposition parameters for the control of late season red spider mite, mealybug and scale insects. (G van Zyl) [Abstract]
  • Replacing or modifying the Unrath model for optimal spraying in high density orchards, by using the principles of the MABO-dosing model. (A McLeod and B Wessels) [Abstract]
  • Integration of GIS and spatial analysis with monitoring data of major pests for the purposes of area-wide management. (P Addison and F Bekker) [Abstract]