A new way to spot disease and rogues? Real-time drone based seed potato inspections

S Gibson-Poole, Triona Davey, John Ellicott, Maureen McCreath, A Hamilton

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) continue to evolve, with new functions and sensors being developed every year. Due to their aerial viewpoint, they could prove to be useful tools for detecting the presence of disease within agricultural crops. This paper investigates the use of an “off the shelf” UAV with real-time video goggles, to determine if such technology can give detailed enough feedback to allow the identification of varieties, variations, rogues and disease within a crop of seed potatoes (Solanum tuberosum L.). Trial plots used for examining prospective seed potato inspectors were assessed using the UAV and whilst the results indicate that the current technology is not yet effective, once certain enhancements are made then UAVs could potentially form part of the potato inspection process in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedings Crop Protection in Northern Britain 2020
Publication statusPrint publication - 25 Feb 2020
EventCrop Production in Northern Britain - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Feb 202026 Feb 2020


ConferenceCrop Production in Northern Britain
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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