Series: Biogenic Value Creation

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft's "Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming" initiative focuses on application-oriented research in the field of agriculture and the food industry. Innovative technologies for sustainable agriculture along the entire value chain are researched and developed.

Climate change, population growth, shrinking farmland: Field robots present solutions for challenges in agriculture

EZRT / 11.01.2022

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The field of agriculture is currently facing major challenges—persistent droughts, a shrinkage in arable land, novel diseases and pests, and a continuously growing population—all of which urgently require more intelligent solutions. Field robots represent one such solution. These robots are capable of performing high-precision work, such as identifying and removing diseased plants or weeds, harvesting crops, or carrying out targeted irrigation and fertilization, among other activities. Sensors, software, and actuator technology, combined with artificial intelligence, offer one approach to handling this diverse set of tasks. Oliver Scholz, Deputy Head of the Contactless Test and Measuring Systems Department, spends his time at the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology EZRT developing systems that can be flexibly adjusted to varying specifications. The product is a modular system that offers custom solutions for any application.

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Series: Biogenic Value Creation / 14.11.2022

Dr. Stefan Gerth
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Dr. Stefan Gerth

"Right now, it can take 10 to 15 years for a new variety to come onto the market. We just don't have that kind of time anymore." Dr. Stefan Gerth is head of department at the Development Center for X-ray Technology, and he is convinced that smart farming can guide agriculture toward a sustainable future. 

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