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Sensorgestützte, mechanische und adaptive Blüten-Ausdünnung in der Apfelproduktion - Smaart
Coordinating Institute
Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. (ATB)
Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Fruit - Tec
Stiftung Kompetenzzentrum Obstbau - Bodensee

The aim of the project "SmaArt" is to develop a real-time capable, economically optimized demonstrator for adaptive flower thinning in fruit trees. The project is based on the results of the 2012 terminated R & D project "Sensor-based method for detection of geometrical and physiological characteristics and their modeling for an adaptive management of perennial phytosystems - Opti Thin", which had developed a conceptual solution for a sensor-based, individual-tree-specific flower thinning on fruit trees. SmaArt focusses on the development of an innovative technology for the fruit production practice. A system for a tree specific flower thinning is currently not available. The aim is to realize an adaptive mechanical thinning of the flower garnish on fruit trees by means of innovative technical solutions, including a vehicle-mounted sensor system for counting flowers, a customized data management system, and specific thinning algorithms. The system will continue to optimize the horticultural production process. It is environmentally friendly and sustainable, as it works purely mechanically without any hazardous chemicals. The increased level of automation of the process contributes to improvement of working conditions.

Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft (BMEL)
Funding agency
Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung - Projektträger
Grant agreement number
Funding framework
Deutsche Innovationspartnerschaft Agrar (DIP)


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