The Bosch “Marta” project, which was launched in the fall of 2016 in cooperation with the University of Hohenheim and Cubert, focuses on developing ways of detecting leaf diseases at an early stage and making plant protection more resource efficient. Marta stands for smart spraying: in the future, once a leaf disease is detected, it will be treated locally and in a targeted manner. The aim is to maintain plant health while reducing the use of pesticides. To this end, Bosch and its partners are using spectral cameras that illuminate the leaves. Depending on the leaf disease, the light is reflected to different degrees. Researchers hope the method will make it possible to treat plants individually – and this will benefit both the environment and farmers.
In India, too, Bosch technology is making agricultural processes more resource efficient. The interplay of three systems enables farmers to monitor their fields more precisely in real time, and this in turn allows for better soil and water management. Using sensors, “AgriSense” collects and “Sankhya” analyzes data from the fields, and then makes recommendations. And “AquaZen” waters plants automatically if desired – providing the exact amount of water needed.