In the late summer 2020 FaunaPhotonics embarked on a 3-year project with the University of Aarhus Flakkebjerg, supported with around seven and a half million kroner from GUDP (Grønt Udviklings- og Demonstrationsprogram) administered by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, to tackle this problem.

Following the successful development of our stationary sensor, in this project we will be working on mobilizing our technolog

With our current technology we can determine what insects and when insects enter the field. With this project we will be working on where in the field the insects are.

The technology will be developed to be mounted on a moving vehicle – a tractor or field robot. FaunaPhotonics has already done preliminary tests mounting the current sensor on a tractor spraying boom, with promising results.

Development will focus on creating heatmaps of fields, showing farmers what areas of the field have high pest insect counts and what areas do not. Coupled with intelligent spraying equipment and GPS driven tractors this data could give farmers the possibility of reducing the amount of pesticides sprayed in each field.

Crop wise the project will focus on winter oilseed rape and white clover seed with the major pests, pollen beetles, cabbage stem flea beetles, clover head weevils and white clover seed weevils. But it will also be very interesting to look at pollinators such as honeybees as both crops need pollination to develop seeds.

Other crops and insects could become part of the project going ahead.

If you want to read what GUDP wrote about the project you can with this link (it is in Danish):

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