Automated Spore Trapping technology


About the Technology

‘BioScout’ is an automated plant disease monitoring platform based on a spore trap that is programmed to collect air samples at regular intervals. Airborne particles, such as fungal spores and pollen, are trapped and identified via an artificial intelligence (AI) model. The BioScout platform provides real-time data on airborne spore concentrations, temperature, humidity and wind speed. These data are transferred via the Cloud to an online portal enabling a grower to view any changes in spore concentrations, as an indicator of crop disease, detected in the trap. The portal can also be used to view spray records, field reports and pathology reports.

The Trial

BioScout units were installed adjacent to crops on a rotating steel pole to monitor airborne particulates during 2-3 months of crop production. During this trial period, crops were monitored weekly for crop disease incidence. The AI model for Botrytis detection is one of BioScout’s most advanced models. A new model was developed and validated for detection of basil downy mildew.

This case study provides an overview of findings from the technology trials including:

  • Background
  • What the technology is
  • How the trial was done
  • Results
  • Cost/benefit analysis
  • Grower feedback
  • Additional considerations that should be taken into account when deciding whether to utilise the technology

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Presentation of this case study is for information purposes only. It does not constitute a commercial endorsement by the stakeholders of the Bundaberg Agtech Hub.

Trials conducted by Hinkler AgTech Initiative

The CQUniversity Hinkler AgTech Initiative was funded through the Hinkler Regional Deal. The Hinkler Regional Deal is a collaboration between the Australian Government, Bundaberg Regional Council and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

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