Fungal infestation can be detected and classified using laser spectroscopic technology
The occurrence of harmful fungi in viticulture can lead to major economic losses.
Detecting and combating fungal infestations at an early stage is vital in order to implement targeted countermeasures and restrict the spread at a local level. Systematic inventory control makes it possible to reduce crop failures and the use of crop protection agents.
The vinoLAS® remote detection system, developed by the DLR Institute of Technical Physics, is based on laser spectroscopy techniques. It is especially designed for use in the contactless detection and classification of fungal infestations on surfaces.
vinoLAS® is a lightweight, compact laboratory demonstrator that enables the detection of fungal infestation in selected places as well as over large areas in a short period of time. The laser spectroscopic approach offers two major advantages over passive detection systems. It can be used regardless of weather conditions and daylight, while also maintaining a high degree of sensitivity. Defined communication interfaces and real-time on-board data processing allow comprehensive and systematic investigation of large areas under cultivation, allowing the implementation of appropriate measures to combat any diseases locally and at an earlier stage, thus improving crop protection and increasing yield.
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