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Precision Crop Protection - the Challenge and Use of Heterogeneity

  • Erich-Christian Oerke
  • Roland Gerhards
  • Gunter Menz
  • Richard A. Sikora

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Spatial and Temporal Heterogeneity of Crops, Pests, Diseases and Weeds – Causes and Implications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Viacheslav I. Adamchuk, Richard B. Ferguson, Gary W. Hergert
      Pages 3-16
    3. Forrest W. Nutter Jr, Neil van Rij, Sharon K. Eggenberger, Noha Holah
      Pages 27-50
  3. Sensing and Sensor Technologies in Crop Protection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Joachim Hill, Thomas Udelhoven, Michael Vohland, Antoine Stevens
      Pages 67-85
    3. Uwe Rascher, Alexander Damm, Sebastian van der Linden, Akpona Okujeni, Roland Pieruschka, Anke Schickling et al.
      Pages 87-99
    4. Kerstin Voss, Jonas Franke, Thorsten Mewes, Gunter Menz, Walter Kühbauch
      Pages 101-118
    5. Martin Weis, Markus Sökefeld
      Pages 119-134
    6. Jonathan S. West, Cedric Bravo, Roberto Oberti, Dimitrios Moshou, Herman Ramon, H. Alastair McCartney
      Pages 135-149
    7. Christian Hillnhütter, Astrid Schweizer, Volker Kühnhold, Richard A. Sikora
      Pages 151-165
    8. Erich-Christian Oerke, Ulrike Steiner
      Pages 167-182
  4. Modelling and Decision Support Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Georg Bareth, Reiner Doluschitz
      Pages 205-222
    3. Christoph Gutjahr, Roland Gerhards
      Pages 223-239
    4. Vittorio Rossi, Simona Giosuè, Tito Caffi
      Pages 241-258
    5. Paolo Racca, Thorsten Zeuner, Jeanette Jung, Benno Kleinhenz
      Pages 259-276

About this book


Precision farming is an agricultural management system using global navigation satellite systems, geographic information systems, remote sensing, and data management systems for optimizing the use of nutrients, water, seed, pesticides and energy in heterogeneous field situations. This book, generated by scientists from a broad range of scientific disciplines, provides extensive information on the state-of-the-art of research on precision crop protection and recent developments in site-specific application technologies for the management of weeds, arthropod pests, pathogens and nematodes. It gives the reader an up-to-date and in-depth review of both basic and applied research developments. The chapters discuss I) biology and epidemiology of pests, II) new sensor technologies, III) applications of multi-scale sensor systems, IV) sensor detection of pests in growing crops, V) spatial and non-spatial data management, VI) impact of pest heterogeneity and VII) precise mechanical and chemical pest control. Examples for the use of technologies are given for the management of pests which enable growers to vary application timing and dosage, and to optimize pesticide mixtures or intensity of mechanical weeding according to the spatial and temporal variability of pests.


Fungi GIS Geoinformationssysteme Information technology Optical remote sensing Pathogen Pesticide use reduction Precision crop protection Site-specific management crops geographic data pesticides remote sensing satellite

Editors and affiliations

  • Erich-Christian Oerke
    • 1
  • Roland Gerhards
    • 2
  • Gunter Menz
    • 3
  • Richard A. Sikora
    • 4
  1. 1., Institute of Crop Science and Resource CUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2., Department of Weed SciencesUniversity of HohenheimStuttgartGermany
  3. 3., Department of Geography, Remote SensingUniversity of BonnBonnGermany
  4. 4., Institute of Crop Science and Resource CUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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