The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB) is an internationally acting research center at the interface of biological and technical systems. Research is aimed at sustainable intensification and tackles the knowledge-based, site-specific production of biomass, and its use for food, raw materials and fuels - from basic research to application.
ATB’s research in the field of precise culture processing in horticulture focuses on determining the habitus (crown volume, indices on leaf area index estimation and water condition), on non-destructive spectral-optical analysis of the harvest product and on the use of such systems for the comprehensive non-invasive characterization of relevant plant characteristics (phenotyping). The measured data is collated to increase yield and fruit quality and simultaneously decrease resource requirements, particularly irrigation water. For this purpose, we develop bio-physical methods for the automated recording of plant parameters.