Jan. 4, 2019
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
The Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology Goiano (IFGoiano) has signed a partnership agreement with AirScout Brazil seeking to develop a technology that will allow farmers to instantly detect infestations by the nematode Heterodera glycines. The technology will specifically detect infestations in soybean and corn crops.
The new partnership is to be coordinated by Professor Alaerson Maia Geraldine and was signed with the Postgraduate Program in Agricultural Sciences of the IFGoiano. This Public-Private Partnership foresees an investment of more than R$ 1 million, to be contributed by both the public institute and the company.
The main point of this new technology is the use of artificial intelligence that will seek to assist farmers in detecting the parasite in their crops. This is because the Brazilian Society of Nematology (SBN) reported that this difficulty, in addition to being real, is the main factor responsible for the R $ 35 billion loss that the pest causes to Brazilian agribusiness.
This parasite, which stunts the growth in the plant, affects 30% to 40% of the cultivation of carrots, guava and black pepper, for example, and a loss of R$ 16 billion in soybean crops. According to SBN data, in the state of Mato Grosso, 98% of the soil is infected by the presence of nematodes.
Experts say there is an urgency in the detection of this type of disease, since the speed of diagnosis may be fundamental for a specific treatment, and offering positive results.