An early season in-field detection sensor for soil-borne plant diseases such as Phytophthora spp. that alerts farmers of pre-planting or in-crop infection risk. This helps guide evidence-based, accurately timed fungicide applications throughout the crop growing season. It also provides information on soil microbiome health to guide management practices.
How it works
It combines four low-cost technologies; a chemo-attractant needle to attract the soil-water borne fungal spores and microbes, a sandwich of 3 filters and 2 layers of chemical attractants, and a detection chamber for visualisation. Pushed directly into the soil, the over ground chamber changes colour to alert the farmer to send the sensor to the lab for analysis in 2-5 days.
Farmer / Agronomist Benefits
Understand the pre-planting and in-season pathogenic and beneficial microbial community in specific fields to help guide key agronomy decisions for improving crop yields. These include well-timed and tailored crop protection strategies including fungicides sprays, timing and efficacy, seed treatments, crop rotational decisions, and harvest timing.