Precision farming in crop and livestock productionPhoto: ATB
Researching for a sustainable primary production
The research program is dedicated to site-specific sustainable intensification in the area of primary agricultural production all the way to harvesting.
Our research ranges from a comprehensive online data collection to modelling and process control. Technological and process engineering tasks include sensor-based technologies for precision farming and precision horticulture, the modelling of emissions and of the microclimate in naturally ventilated barn systems as well as the interaction between housing environment and animal welfare. The system assessment is analysing interactions and effects in relation to environment and economy. Here, we concentrate on nitrogen, greenhouse gases and water.
One focus of our research is to develop and apply sensors for assessing the condition of soils, plants and animals. Information on system parameters such as nutrient supply, plant growth, disease pressure, climatic conditions, water demand, respiratory rate, heat stress, fruit ripeness or others can be recorded. Information collected in-situ integrates into the development of complex physiological and physical models. Online analysis is an essential element of individual and flexible process control.
Crop production is of central importance for the bio-economy: plant biomass not only provides food and animal feed, but is also the basis for bio-based materials and energy.
The global sustainability goals outline the current challenges for precision crop production: to increase productivity while using natural resources in a sustainable manner, to preserve biodiversity, ecosystems, soil fertility and natural habitats, to reduce the impact of invasive species and to ensure that chemicals are managed in an environmentally sound manner.
We are thus working on solutions for sensor-supported local resource management in precision agriculture and precision horticulture. The aim of our research is to increase the efficiency of plant production, in particular by means of adaptive process control and the development of technical solutions for individualized plant production, thus reducing consumption of natural resources, the use of chemicals and of emissions.
Innovative sensor technologies are opening up new possibilities in the field of data acquisition (information and communication technology, telemetry and robotics), processing (Big Data) and analysis of data (genomics, phenomics and bioinformatics). They are fundamental tools in the digital transformation process that agriculture is facing. The information obtained is used to develop complex physiological and physical models that enable precise control of production processes in the sense of a sustainable intensification.
Animal husbandry concepts should integrate the three pillars of sustainability - environment, society and economy. Solutions have to be found in the area of conflicting interests. While the public's desire for improved animal welfare and more environmental protection is growing, the economic imperatives for the survival of farmers must also be taken into account to ensure that innovative processes can find their way into practice.
We therefore focus our application-oriented basic research in animal husbandry on the improvement of animal welfare, housing environment, animal and environmental protection and on maintaining economic competitiveness. Our goals are: objective animal welfare standards, concepts for solving environmental conflicts, transparent animal husbandry, consumer acceptance and added value from a regional production.
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SustInAfrica – Sustainable intensification of food production through resilient farming systems in West & North Africa ▶
Large areas of agricultural land in W. and N. Africa are heavily degraded, with water scarcity, low soil fertility and poor plant health, due to use of unsuitable agronomic systems and inappropriate management. In W. Afr…
The targeted use of crop protection agents as required according to the occurrence of pests requires sensor-supported monitoring of the crop fields. The project aims to develop sensor-based methods that enable automated …
SMART4ALL – Self-sustained customized cyberphysical system experiments for capacity building among European stakeholders (SMART4ALL) ▶
SMART4ALL builds capacity amongst European stakeholders via the development of selfsustained, cross-border experiments that transfer knowledge and technology between academia and industry. It targets CLEC CPS and the IoT…
PHLIP – Entwicklung eines smarten 4D-lnsektenmonitorings für einen integrierten Pflanzenschutz im Erwerbsobstbau (PHLIP) ▶
The aim of the collaborative project is to develop a modularized mobile system, which will enable an initial spatio-temporal high-resolution population monitoring (4D) of insect populations in orchards, in order to imple…
AgriPhotonik – Wissensbasierte, standortangepasste und nachhaltige Pflanzenproduktion mittels optischer Verfahren (Deutschland/Israel) ▶
The aim of the network, which is coordinated on the Israeli side by the Volcani Center ARO, is to develop practical solutions and implement digital, optical technologies in agricultural processes from the seed to (pre-)p…
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- Pinto, S.; Hoffmann, G.; Ammon, C.; Amon, T. (2020): Critical THI thresholds based on the physiological parameters of lactating dairy cows. Journal of Thermal Biology. (Februar 2020): p. 102523-102523. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtherbio.2020.102523 1.0
- Kupper, T.; Häni, C.; Neftel, A.; Kincaid, C.; Bühler, M.; Amon, B.; VanderZaag, A. (2020): Ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from slurry storage - a review. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. (15 September 2020): p. 106963. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2020.106963 1.0
- Kaiser, K.; Schneider, T.; Küster, M.; Dietze, E.; Fülling, A.; Heinrich, S.; Kappler, C.; Nelle, O.; Schult, M.; Theuerkauf, M.; Vogel, S.; de Boer, A.; Börner, A.; Preusser, F.; Schwabe, M.; Ulrich, J.; Wirner, M.; Bens, O. (2020): Palaeosols and their cover sediments of a glacial landscape in northern central Europe: spatial distribution, pedostratigraphy and evidence on landscape evolution. Catena. (193): p. 104647. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2020.104647 1.0
- Erler, A.; Riebe, D.; Beitz, T.; Löhmannsröben, H.; Gebbers, R. (2020): Soil Nutrient Detection for Precision Agriculture Using Handheld Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Multivariate Regression Methods (PLSR, Lasso and GPR). Sensors. (418): p. 1-17. Online: https://doi.org/10.3390/s20020418 1.0
- Nosek, S.; Kluková, Z.; Jakubcová, M.; Yi, Q.; Janke, D.; Demeyer, P.; Janour, Z. (2020): The impact of atmospheric boundary layer, opening configuration and presence of animals on the ventilation of a cattle barn. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. (June 2020): p. 104185. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104185 1.0
- Yi, Q.; Zhang, G.; Li, H.; Wang, X.; Janke, D.; Amon, B.; Hempel, S.; Amon, T. (2020): Estimation of opening discharge coefficient of naturally ventilated dairy buildings by response surface methodology. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. (Februar 2020): p. 105224. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2020.105224 1.0
- Hempel, S.; Adolphs, J.; Landwehr, N.; Janke, D.; Amon, T. (2020): How the selection of training data and modeling approach affects the estimation of ammonia emissions from a naturally ventilated dairy barn - Classical statistics versus machine learning. Sustainability. (3): p. 1030. Online: https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031030 1.0
- Hempel, S.; Willink, D.; Janke, D.; Ammon, C.; Amon, B.; Amon, T. (2020): Methane emission characteristics of naturally ventilated cattle buildings. Sustainability. (10): p. 4314. Online: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00884/full 1.0
- Yi, Q.; Janke, D.; Thormann, L.; Zhang, G.; Amon, B.; Hempel, S.; Nosek, S.; Hartung, E.; Amon, T. (2020): Airflow Characteristics Downwind a Naturally Ventilated Pig Building with a Roofed Outdoor Exercise Yard and Implications on Pollutant Distribution. Applied Sciences. (14): p. 4931. Online: https://doi.org/10.3390/app10144931 1.0
- Al Afif, R.; Wendland, M.; Amon, T.; Pfeifer, C. (2020): Supercritical carbon dioxide enhanced pre-treatment of cotton stalks for methane production. Energy. (1 March 2020): p. 116903-116903. Online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.energy.2020.116903 1.0