Program
Period

01.03.2015 – 28.02.2019

Project owner
NIBIO logo on the Stressless project site
Research Partners
Financing

Fondet for forskningsavgift på landbruksprodukter og Forskningsmidler over jordbruksavtalen (FFL/JA), Yara Norge AS, Yara GmbH & Co. KG, Norgesfôr AS, DuPont Agri Norway

Stressless

Sustainable intensification of Norwegian cereal production by means of technology-driven adjustments of applied nitrogen and fungicides

The overall goal of the proposed project is to build a system for site-specific fertilization and fungal disease control in cereals, designed especially to handle combinations of crop-stressing factors. The project represents the second step in a three-step approach towards a market-ready product. The first step is a research project focused on concept development at high academic level (MULTISENS, to be finished in March 2015). This project (step two) aims at bringing research a step further towards the market, by utilizing the knowledge platform established in MULTISENS and the best and the most relevant sensors available today. Step three will be to complete the work by developing a prototype of a sensor-system, in close cooperation with an industry partner.

The interface between technology and agriculture is currently sub-optimal, thus representing a bottleneck of innovations in agricultural production systems. This project addresses a week point of existing systems for site-specific N fertilization – the inability to distinguish between plant N demand and other stressors (e.g. water and diseases). Moreover, we also face the challenge of detecting fungal diseases in cereals at pre-symptomatic stage. The most critical R&D challenge faced in this project, is to transform a mosaic of information from a range of technical devices into agronomical meaningful decisions.

The project will contribute to national competence building on the utilization of cutting-edge technology for agricultural purposes. The anticipated advances in N deficiency and disease sensing in cereals will take the research front a step forward. Moreover, the project is expected to contribute to the general goal of sustainable intensification, primarily by providing a system, which potentially may increase use efficiencies of N-fertilizers and fungicides, and which may detect diseases in their pre-symptomatic stages.(MULTISENS, finished in March 2015). This project (step two) aims at bringing research a step further towards the market, by utilizing the knowledge platform established in MULTISENS and the best and the most relevant sensors available today. Step three will be to complete the work by developing a prototype of a sensor-system, in close cooperation with an industry partner.