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CSIRO Waite Campus Seminar: Dr André Colaço

Jun 12, 4:00 pm

The following seminar will take place at 4:00 pm on Tuesday 12th June in the CSIRO Wine Innovation West upstairs Seminar Room, Hartley Grove, Urrbrae.

Plant sensors for digital agriculture and horticulture applications

Dr André Colaço | CSIRO Postdoctoral Fellow

Crop sensors are essential tools for digital agriculture/horticulture. They can be used to assess important agronomic variables such as crop biomass, volume and crop health/nutritional status. Because they are usually more practical and less expensive (measurements are usually indirect and non-destructive) than traditional methods based on sampling and lab analysis, sensors have been regarded as potential tools for big data acquisition and to promote site-specific management strategies. In this talk, I will present two research cases that illustrate the use of plant sensors for digital agriculture and horticulture applications: a) the use of terrestrial LiDAR sensor in tree crops, and b) the use of proximal reflectance sensors for grain crops.

About the Speaker

Dr André Colaço is a research scientist who joined CSIRO Agriculture and Food as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2017. His involvement in research started in 2006 at the Precision Agriculture Laboratory (http://www.agriculturadeprecisao.org.br/), University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he gained his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Master and PhD diplomas in Biosystems Engineering. During ten years in this research group, Dr Colaço conducted innovative research in Precision Agriculture (PA), published the main Brazilian book title on the topic and delivered several extension courses for farmers and agronomic consultants. He also spent time on exchange at the University of Florida, USA (2008), was a visiting researcher at the Research Group in AgroICT & Precision Agriculture of the University of Lleida, Spain (http://www.grap.udl.cat/) (2015) and has been an active member of the Brazilian, the Latin-American and International communities of PA.

His previous research was focused on the development of sensing technologies (including Light Detection and Ranging – LiDAR) and strategies for site-specific nutrient management in citrus, whilst also participating in PA developments for sugarcane, coffee and grain crops.

He is currently developing a sensing/decision/application tool for nitrogen management in Australian grains farms. His research involves crop and soil sensing technologies (e.g. soil electrical conductivity, and crop reflectance analysis) and the use of artificial intelligence to enable variable rate nitrogen application. His overall objective is to help farmers be more sustainable whilst meeting the world’s food production and environmental goals.

Enquiries to Christine Bottcher: christine.bottcher@csiro.au

Details

Date:
Jun 12
Time:
4:00 pm
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Venue

CSIRO, Wine Innovation West, Upstairs Seminar Room
Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, SA 5064 Australia

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