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Max-Eyth-Allee 100

14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute

Precision crop protection

Precision crop protection (Photo: ATB)

Contact: Karl-Heinz DammerMichael Schirrmann, Michael Pflanz

In precision plant protection, the target of the spray liquid is not the area („per hectare“), to which the indication of the application rate on the package insert of a pesticide is referring to, but the weed or crop plants that must be coated by the spray liquid. Pests and weeds occur in a nest structure in crop plants. Therefore, during research works, the spraying amount is adjusted according to the local pest and crop plant parameters detected by the sensors. In comparison to a conventional uniform application, the use of pesticides is thereby reduced.

Current research

  • How can the target oriented crop protection reduce the use of pesticides?
  • Which sensor technology can automatically detect crop diseases and competitors during traverse?
  • Which sensor-supported techniques can adjust the spraying amount during application, in accordance to the locally changing parameters of crop plants and pests? And what savings of pesticide use can be achieved?
  • How can we detect the crop plant condition (pest- and drought stress-induced leaf death) within crop formations with the new optoelectronic vertical sensor?
  • With which sensor-based monitoring strategies can we identify and register invasive species, e.g. common ragweed, which is dangerous for people with pollen allergy?

Ongoing research projects

  • Precise application of pesticides
  • Multi- and hyperspectral image processing for the ascertainment of plant characteristics
  • Image analysis for plant phenotyping
  • Optoelectronic sensors for the recording of inventory parameters (biomass, leaf area) 

  • Project FungiDetect: Sensor-supported online detection of pests in grain




Program events

May 4, 2020: Virtual Meeting - INI2020 in Berlin (originally scheduled for May 3-7, 2020)

For Covid-19 updates concerning the 8th Global Nitrogen Conference of the International Nitrogen...

Oct 11-12, 2020: Water use assessment of livestock production systems and supply chains, Berlin

The expert-workshop serves to advance and harmonize methods and techniques and improve water use in...

Program news

ATB at IPM 2020 in Essen

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6. Juni 2019: Brandenburgs Agrar- und Umweltstaatssekretärin Dr. Carolin Schilde informierte sich bei ihrem gestrigen Besuch am ATB-Forschungsstandort Marquardt über Ergebnisse des EIP-Agri Projekts...

Projekt SunBot: Autonome Pflegehelfer für das Beerenobst

14. Aug. 2018: Ein autonom fahrender, mit Energie aus Photovoltaik gespeister Traktor soll künftig in Strauchbeerenanlagen gezielt die Pflege des Unterwuchses übernehmen und damit helfen, Ertrag und...

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. · Max-Eyth-Allee 100 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany · Tel. +49 (0)331 5699 0 · E-mail