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New satellite technology to monitor crops in South America

OU researchers are part of a team which is developing new satellite technology to monitor crops in South America.

The £1,350,000 EO4cultivar project is funded by the UK Space Agency and lead by Environmental Systems. The OU team, led by Dr Armando Marino in the School of Engineering and Innovation in the OU’s Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, is one of the six partners teams working on this project.

The project, which began in February 2017, plans to improve crop yield and therefore food security in South America by using satellite data. Through using this data, it will be possible to monitor remotely plant stresses such as diseases and dryness and predict the best time to harvest.

Dr Marino said: “EO4cultivar is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how satellite sensors can be used to tackle global challenges, as for improving food security. At the OU, we have a large experience in processing datasets acquired by satellite sensors and we are all excited by the idea of applying our latest techniques to the data collected In South America. We are also looking forward to meeting local growers during the fieldworks in Peru and Colombia.”

EO4cultivar will end in October 2020.

The others are: Environment Systems Ltd, GeoSeren, Barfoots of Botley Ltd, JNCC, University of Aberystwyth, EDINA.

Read more about OU research in Engineering and Innovation.

Dr Armando Marino

Lecturer (Engineering/Electronics)

School of Engineering & Innovation

Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

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