PhenoRob partner project “WeedAI” receives funding from BMEL for 3 years.
The importance of novel methods for weed control is rapidly growing, however, evaluating the effectiveness of these technologies is lacking. “Weed AI” is working on methods to rapidly and autonomously evaluate the efficacy of weeding systems. Based on core deep learning (AI) methods for plant recognition, this project will develop vision-based methods to automatically assess the effectiveness of weeding operations (both weed and crop). Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), it is hoped that this project will contribute to assessing new weeding technologies and improve uptake of these new technologies.
260.000 Euros for PhenoRob Partner Project from the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
does not only mean more mobility for humans, but also – unfortunately – for
pests and parasites. One of these new plant diseases in Germany is “Flavescence
dorée”, a phytoplasma disease of the vine that has become a growing threat for
our vineyards here. To battle this, the project “PhytoMo” sets out to identify
diseased vines early on, using a multispectral image processing system. These
can be used on the ground, but also in the air. At the University of Bonn, the
project is led by Prof. Dr. Heiner Kuhlmann and Dr. Lasse Klingbeil and has
been recognized as a Partner Project of Core Project 1 “4D Crop Reconstruction”
in the Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob”.
project, we will watch the vines closely to detect this disease early on,” says
Klingbeil. “We will use sensors to observe them in great detail and this is
where ‘PhytoMo’ fits in with the research conducted in PhenoRob.” The project
is a collaborative effort of the Julius Kühn-Institut, Federal Research Centre
for Cultivated Plants, Fraunhofer Institute of Optronics, System Technologies
and Image Exploitation (IOSB), University of Bonn, RLP AgroScience GmbH, LOGXON
Gmbh & Co. KG and the State Education and Research Institute for
Viticulture and Pomology Weinsberg. It is part of the Federal Ministry’s
initiative to combat introduction and importation of regulated and new organisms
harmful to plants.
Wilhelm Bessel Award: Plant biologist from the US will conduct research at the
University of Bonn next year
What effects does environmentally induced
“stress” have on crops, and how can these effects be predicted?
Biologist Prof. Dr. Amy Marshall-Colon is working on this question at the
University of Illinois in the US – and soon also as a guest professor at the DFG-funded
Cluster of Excellence “PhenoRob – Robotics and Phenotyping for Sustainable Crop
Production” at the University of Bonn. For the cooperation with her colleagues
and the planned research stay in Bonn, she now receives a Friedrich Wilhelm
Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, endowed with
45,000 euros. To conduct her research, Amy Marshall-Colon will be in Bonn from
May 15-August 15, 2022.
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards around 20 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
Research Awards to internationally renowned researchers from abroad in
recognition of their outstanding research achievements. The award bears the
name of the German astronomer and mathematician Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel
(1784-1846) and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
recipient Amy Marshall-Colon develops models that show how plants respond to environmental
perturbations considering their genetic characteristics. “Amy
Marshall-Colon’s research activities are outstanding, particularly her
achievements in developing mathematical multiscale models to analyze gene-by-environment
interactions,” emphasizes Prof. Dr. Frank Ewert, Principal Investigator at
the Cluster who has nominated her for the award. The agricultural scientist has
already collaborated with the plant biologist.
things, Marshall-Colon investigates how plants take up nitrogen fertilizer even
under higher temperatures due to climate change, which then does not end up as
a pollutant in the air or water. To that end, she is exploring the underlying
genetic and molecular mechanisms. Her models are constructed to lead to a
better understanding of plant growth processes and to support the breeding of
crops that can withstand stressful environments.
Research field is of interest to various
years, Amy Marshall-Colon has already given various lectures in the context of the
PhenoRob Seminar Series and the Cluster’s flagship conference DigiCrop 2020.
“What’s special is that her presentations resonated not only with a small
group of specialists but also with a wider audience of scientists from diverse
disciplines,” says Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Nora Berning. For her,
it is clear that Marshall-Colon’s research topic attracts researchers from
various fields: genetics, plant biology and crop physiology as well as geodesy,
photogrammetry and robotics, soil sciences, and agricultural policy. All these
disciplines are represented within PhenoRob – with the overarching goal of
exploring new ways to grow crops and manage fields sustainably.
About the person:
Marshall-Colon is Professor of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois in
the US and previously conducted research at New York University and Purdue
University in West Lafayette (USA). She has already received numerous grants
and awards and has published her research results in high-ranking journals for