Rapid biotest method in precision agriculture

Miklós GULYÁS1 – László TOLNER1 – György FEKETE2 – Rita ERDŐSI2


1: Szent István University, Gödöllő, Hungary; E-mail: miklos.gulyas@mkk.szie.hu; tolner.laszlo@gmail.com; gyurinem@gmail.com; czinkota.imre@mkk.szie.hu

2: Asseco Central Europe Hungary Zrt., Budapest, Hungary; E-mail: rita.erdosi@statlogic.com

Keywords: rapid biotest, pot experiment, image analysing

Precision agriculture is a new technology with a long history. The invariable question of the agriculture is how to maximize the physical and economic crop production by varying the input application according to soil types and crop performance. In the past the only one possibility was for the farmers to observe the spatial variability of soil properties and their effects on the development and production of crops and manage them based these differences. In precision agriculture there are several methods to get useable, high amount (BIG DATA) information.

Collecting this information is necessary to increase the yield, to decide the right treating method. There are many things which have an effect on the plant production and the plant growth. Generally applied fertilisers and organic fertilisers could improve yield and the organic matter content of soil, optimize the soil water management etc.

The rapid biotest is the simplest method to take specific answer for our question. We have further developed the small pot experiment method. Photographs of the plants were taken for two weeks after germination. Growth curves were generated using image analysis.

The usability of our method is moves on a wide range. It is proper to investigate different soil sample from management zones and different types of plants and amount of nutrients before the application. The preexperiment results prove that the rapid biotest is appropriate for describe the

different soil treatments effects.