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Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Researchers José Manuel Peña Barragán and Jorge Torres Sánchez, awarded by the International Society of Precision Agriculture

The two researchers, after receiving the prize The two researchers, after receiving the prize

Jose Manuel Peña Barragán, researcher of the Institute for Sustainable Agriculture of Cordoba (IAS-CSIC), recently received the "Pierre C. Robert, young scientist" award in recognition for his scientific career.

The International Society of Precision Agriculture awards this prize every two years, and this time it was delivered during the latest International Conference held last July in Sacramento (USA). At the conference, Jorge Torres Sanchez also received an award for his scientific contributions as pre-doctoral researcher in the area of precision agriculture. Both researchers work in the AGR124 Group (Weed Control and Precision Agriculture) of the ceiA3 formed by staff of the IAS and the University of Cordoba (www.ias.csic.esprecisionmalherbologia). Their research was carried out within the scope of projects funded under Spanish (MINECO) and Europeans (7FP) programmes, with the participation of institutions and companies from eight other countries.

(More information at: http://www.toasproject.wordpress.com; http://www.rhea-project.eu/)

The jury highlighted that the work carried out by the two researchers pioneers in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (also known as drones) and in the development of advanced image analysis techniques, with the aim of monitoring the existing variability in crop plots and, more specifically, creating maps of weeds, that allow for an optimization of their control and a reduction in the application of herbicides.

Precision Agriculture consists in the use of new technologies (among others, sensors, GPS, drones, remote sensing, or precision agricultural machinery) for localized and selective management of the agricultural plots, based on the requirements of each area, without the need to use inputs in the areas where they are not necessary. These techniques can significantly reduce the costs for the farmer (saving in inputs) and optimize the yield of crops, while also obtaining ecological and environmental benefits.

More information at https://www.ispag.orgawards

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