Runtime: 01.08.2020 - 31.01.2023
In the proposed collaborative project, with the goal of surpassing the current state of the art, an autonomously operating system will be developed that effectively removes cotyledon stage weed plants from a pharmaceutical monoculture. One focus of development is detection software based on learned AI and laser-induced fluorescence distribution of chlorophyll. Further, a development focus is the method of permanent removal of the weed based on highly specific laser destruction of the meristem (growth node). This will provide the agricultural sector with a tool that not only reduces the manual effort in organic farming to a minimum, but also offers an alternative to the forthcoming ban on glyphosate-containing herbicides in conventional agriculture.
The project is funded by VDIB-ZIM-NKF under the number 16KN088434.