EU-funded scientists developed adaptable ground and aerial robots that can increase agricultural yield
European consumers expect a clean supply chain and biodiversity to be conserved. Therefore, reducing the inputs of pesticides and chemical fertilisers to a minimum and/or replacing them by agro-ecological or robot solutions is required. Furthermore, the average age of European farmers is among the highest of all sectors, thus farming needs to attract young people with attractive working opportunities.
This is where the new agricultural robot solution for precision farming developed within the context of the EU-funded Flourish (Aerial Data Collection and Analysis, and Automated Ground Intervention for Precision Farming) project can play a part. Use of robots in precision farming has the potential not only to increase yield, but also to reduce the reliance on fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides through selectively spraying individual plants or through weed removal.
Photo: Bonirob Data Aquisition at the Campus Klein-Altendorf (Bonn) (credits: The Flourish project / Michael Ruhnke, University of Freiburg)