Rapid assessment of grapevine nutritional status
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- Providers of vineyard technologies interested in new products and services
Industry challenge: Grapevine nutrition is a key driver of grapevine yield and profitability. Grape vine nutrition requirements are dependent on variables such as grape variety, rootstock, vine age, soil type, water availability, production and wine quality expectations. The current method to determine nutritional status in grapevines is time consuming, and the price and turn-around time of laboratory analysis limits its extensive use in the sector.
Current opportunity: Wine Australia and New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) have developed a tool that uses leaf imagery, customised machine learning and computer vision techniques to assess nutrient deficiency/toxicity quickly and accurately.
The Vine Nutrition App (VNA) provides in-field diagnostics to determine nutritional status in real-time. The VNA addresses the current time-consuming method to determine nutritional status which limits its extensive use in the sector, due to price and turn-around time of laboratory analysis.
VNA is an artificial intelligence (AI) powered smartphone application which will give a grower immediate information on their vines nutrition outlining the cause of the problem and as a critical second step provide links to resources on how to address the problem. The system uses a detailed algorithm for image processing. Real-time monitoring of fields enables growers to undertake requisite steps necessary for reducing waste or crop failure.
Expression of Interest (EOI): Expression of Interest (EOI) is sought for commercialisation rights to Vine Nutrition App (VNA) for the purposes of enabling wide availability and commercial adoption for the benefit of primary producers and society. A briefing session will be conducted Wednesday, 25 August 2021 at 10:00 am to 11:00 am (NSW time). For more details submit an enquiry.
Other opportunities: There is potential to translate the technology into other crops/plants where rapid and accurate nutritional status analysis will enhance management decision making.
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