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Internationaler Workshop zum Einsatz smarter Sensoren auf kleinen Betrieben in China und Deutschland - zur Steigerung der Nachhaltigkeit und Produktivität der bäuerlichen Landwirtschaft
Deutsch-Chinesischer Workshop
Coordinating Institute
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)

Report from the conference: Between June 30 and July 5, the Sino-German Agricultural Centre (DCZ) Science & Technology (S&T) platform in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) in Potsdam organised a conference and excursion in Germany for a delegation of 13 researchers from CAAS institutes and other Chinese agricultural research institutions. The event was designed to explore opportunities and challenges of digitisation for small-scale and organic farming. It brought together an interdisciplinary group of Chinese and German researchers specialised in fields such as remote sensing, precision farming, soil science, plant protection, organic farming and agricultural economics. On July 1 and 2, the conference, which was organised in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Cornelia Weltzien Member of the Board of Directors at ATB and Head of Dept. Engineering for Crop Production) and her team from ATB, explored recent developments in digital farming and data acquisition, approaches for water and soil management and precision plant protection, as well as recent advances in organic and small-scale farming. The experts from China had the opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts on new developments with researchers from ATB, the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development (HNEE) and the Wageningen University & Research (WUR). In the concluding session Prof. Dr. Weltzien identified common interests in image analysis for disease detection. She also remarked that there is a great potential for applying digital tools and robots for organic farming systems. Prof. Wu Wenbin from the Key Laboratory for Smart Agriculture of CAAS emphasized that the Chinese guests learnt very much, especially in the field of data acquisition, and expressed the desire to continue the dialogue in 2020. In the afternoon of the second day, researchers of ATB presented their projects on-site at ATB’s field lab for digital agriculture in Potsdam-Marquardt. Here, the participants saw innovative tools, for instance highly modern soil measurement devices, autonomous robotic machines that will be working in orchard applications, measurement devices for crop monitoring and an introduction to drone applications.

Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
Funding agency
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung - Projektträger
Grant agreement number
Funding framework
Mobilitätsunterstützung bei deutsch-chinesischen Forschungsprojekten für die Jahre 2019-2020 im Rahmen des Programmes Bilaterale Wissenschaftlerkooperation - Wissenschaftleraustausch" des BMEL