Agricultural and Forestry Science

Fruit-growing digitization project SAMSON

Federal Minister Cem Özdemir hands over funding notification at the IGW. New “farm of the future” in the Alte Land – Start of the research project “Smart automation systems and…

Two fungi work together to kill fig trees

In many countries, the number of fig trees have been declining. While there are numerous explanations, one key problem is fig-wilting disease. A recognized cause of this disease is a…

Yield Consortium: Agriculture and remote sensing from space

The Yield consortium uses satellite data and artificial intelligence to reliably predict agricultural yields. In collaboration with BASF Digital Farming, John Deere, and Munich Re, DFKI develops predictive models for…

Cacao: Multiple interactions in its cultivation

In the cultivation of organic cacao, many factors determine the yield. An international research team with scientists from the universities of Würzburgh and Göttingen has now identified important players and…

Soil temperature can predict pest spread in crops

A new study from North Carolina State University shows soil temperature can be used to effectively monitor and predict the spread of the corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea), an important pest…

Fighting climate change with heat-tolerant plants

Climate change is causing major challenges especially for plant breeders. An intelligent field robot and X-ray technology are helping them selecting heat-tolerant plant varieties. The sensors in the high-tech machine…

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