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E-Nose will sniff out plant disease

A new technology has been developed to detect crop pathogens by smell, even weeks before any infection is visibly apparent

An electronic “bloodhound” that can sniff out plant disease will soon be available to the agricultural industry. Called an E-Nose, this equipment was developed to detect crop pathogens by smell, even weeks before any infection is visibly apparent.

Kit Franklin, a lecturer of agricultural engineering at Harper Adams University, was quoted as calling it “an amazing tool for early detection” in a newspaper article published in the Courier (UK).

According to the Courier article, Franklin unveiled the new technology during a discussion on the latest sensors, robotics and automation at the SRUC (Scotland Rural College) and AHDB’s (Agricultural and Horticulture Development Board) joint Agronomy 2017 (Scotland) forum in early January.

Franklin says the E-Noses may even be able to give arable farmers as much as a two-week head start when it comes to controlling a wide variety of plant diseases (including fungi, oomycetes, bacteria, viruses and nematodes), and added that early trials have shown the technology to be able to detect particularly destructive fungus-like organisms, including potato blight, which is considered one of the more devastating agricultural crop diseases.

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  2. Jay says:

    This is remarkable tool in smart management of pathosystems!

  3. Martine Zandjanakou-Tachin says:

    This is a new and an impressive technology. However, how can developed countries can be involved in the use of this technology and appreciate?
    Do the promotors think of us in Africa?
    I am lecturer in the University of Agriculture in Benin and would like to get it.
    Which are the steps to process?
    Dr Z-T Martine

  4. Stan Curtis says:

    I should point out to readers that the name “Bloodhound” in connection with e-noses is a registered trade mark of RoboScientific Ltd. and that as a company we are already well advanced in the early detection of disease in crops and farm animals. We have already worked with mushrooms; potatoes; onions; swedes; broccoli; citrus fruits; tomatoes; and many others. We have several research studies underway with a number of industry & academic partners including, oddly enough, a team from Harper Adams University. Anyone interested in this field and our work can contact us on
    [email protected]

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