Researchers are developing the science and technology required to maximize crop production utilizing advanced autonomous systems to care for the crops during the entire growing season over hundreds or thousands of acres with advanced sensors for monitoring the health of the plants, the composition of the soil, and the overall growing environment.

Early Detection of Peach Tree Root Rot

Researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute's Food Processing Technology Division are focusing on the detection of Armillaria Root Rot using a new miniature gas chromatograph to identify a volatile organic compound (VOC) that is unique to Armillaria tabescens.

Miniature Gas Chromatograph To Detect Early Crop Diseases

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing a micro gas chromatograph (GC) for early detection of diseases in crops. About the size of a 9-volt battery, the technology’s portability could give farmers just the tool they need to quickly evaluate the health of their crops and address any possible threats immediately, potentially increasing yield by reducing crop losses.

3D-Printed Robot Arm for Crop Inspection

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Food Processing Technology Division and the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus are collaborating on the design, fabrication, and deployment of a low-cost robot arm that is more than 80 percent 3D-printed from plastic. The targeted first application is inspecting bell pepper leaves for the early detection of pests, for which the robot arm will be mounted onto one of UGA’s autonomous rovers that is capable of navigating up and down the rows of a crop field.

4-D Mapping for Crop Monitoring

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the University of Georgia are using 4D mapping techniques to develop models of entire crop fields. The task of assessing crops and collecting field samples is inherently co-robotic. Whereas the actual collecting of the sample may be automated, the decision regarding which plants to sample is best left to the grower or crop consultant.