Drones map potato diseases


About the research

In Belgium, we grow a lot of potatoes. Unfortunately, potato plants are very susceptible to diseases. To prevent the spread of diseases, farmers spray their entire potato field with pesticides. Ruben Van De Vijver (ILVO) wants to use drones and artificial intelligence to specifically target and spray sick plants. Find out more in the video. 

Ruben Van De Vijver
KU Leuven

Born to a Flemish farmer and graduated in 2014 at the UGent faculty of Bio-science engineering, Ruben Van De Vijver further pursued his dreams for a sustainable agriculture by starting a PhD for drone based disease detection in potato crops to enable site-specific spraying and hence increase agricultural sustainability.

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