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  • iSCOUT
  • MobiLab
  • Dualex

iSCOUT

Insect monitoring

All inhabitants of your field under full control – using state of the art optical camera system supported with artificial intelligence software

With the inspiration of helping the farmer to grow his crop in the optimal and most healthy way, Pessl Instruments GmbH, developed an optical high-resolution camera system, together with a computer vision software which is able to recognize insects from the photo. Optical high-resolution camera system is embedded inside insect trap, to remotely monitor insect pressure at fields. We provide different types of traps, to cover a broad spectrum of insect species. All of the photos and data from computer vision software is displayed online, on a web portal called FieldClimate.

iSCOUT® TYPES

iSCOUT® Pheromone

Designed and developed to catch insects with insect specific pheromone lure (codling moth, european grape berry moth, tomato leafminer and many other species). It includes a metal plate on which sticky paper and a pheromone lure can be applied.

Helicoverpa armigera – cotton bollworm caught with the iSCOUT® Pheromone

 

iSCOUT® Fruit Fly

Designed and developed for catching fruit flies (spotted wing drosophila suzukii, olive fruit fly). Includes 3 mm nettings on entries, so that bigger flies (house flies) and other non targets are not able to enter the trap. Tank for feeding lure and metal plate with sticky paper are included. If you want to catch and monitor bigger flies, you can remove nettings from the entries.

Drosophila suzukii – spotted wing drosophila caught with use of iSCOUT® Fruit Fly

iSCOUT® Bug

 

Designed and developed for catching bugs (marmorated stink bug halyomorpha halys and other species). Includes bottom entry with landing platform – pyramid trap and closed side entries. Once the bug enters the trap, it can no longer exit and gets caught on a sticky paper. For cathcing h. halys aggregation pheromones are placed inside the trap.

Halyomorpha halys– brown marmorated stink bug caught with use of iSCOUT® Bug

iSCOUT® Color Trap

 


Designed and developed for monitoring insects, which get attracted by colored sticky traps. Catching various insects depending on the color of sticky plate used:
• blue: frankliniella occidentalis, thrips tabaci, …
• yellow: white flies, leafminers, sciarid flies, …
• white: apple sawfly, plum sawfly, plum fruit sawfly, raspberry beetle, …
 
Diabrotica virgifera – western corn rootworm caught with use of iSCOUT® Color Trap
 

TIME-LAPSE PHOTOS AND GRAPH BASED ON COLLECTED DATA

At the beginning – June 21, 2018
In the middle – July 15, 2018
At the end of season – August 25, 2018
Data analysis – graph based on collected data

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Memory1 GB
Internet connectivityLTE class 1
GPS receiverYes
Dimensions of trap
housing without control unit
20 cm L x 15.5 cm W x 17 cm H
Weight without control unit0.93 kg
Transmission intervalMax. 3 times per day (usually once a day)
Battery typeRechargeable Lead acid battery 6V, 12 Ah
Solar panel dimensions17.5 x 17.5 cm, 7.2 Volt, 333 mA
Camera10 megapixel camera
 Internet based monitoring device, solar panel, rechargeable battery, GPRS Logger, GPS sensor

 

CATCHABLE PESTS

Number of different insects can be caught by different types of iSCOUT® device. Listed below you can see some of the insects that can be caught with iSCOUT®.

  • Adoxophyes orana – summer fruit tortrix
  • Agrotis segetum – turnip moth
  • Amyelois transitella – navel orangeworm
  • Anarsia lineatella – peach twig borer
  • Archips podana – fruit tree tortrix moth
  • Autographa gamma – silver Y moth
  • Cydia funebrana – plum fruit moth
  • Cydia molesta – peach moth
  • Cydia pomonella – codling moth
  • Epiphyas postvittana – light brown apple moth
  • Eupoecilia ambiguella – european grape berry moth
  • Helicoverpa armigera – cotton bollworm/Corn earworm
  • Helicoverpa punctigera – native budworm
  • Lobesia botrana – european grapevine moth
  • Pandemis heparana – apple brown tortrix
  • Phthorimaea operculella – potato tuber moth
  • Plutella xylostella – diamondback moth
  • Spodoptera frugiperda – fall armyworm
  • Tuta absoluta – tomato leafminer

APPLE PESTS

iSCOUT® Pheromone:

  • Cydia pomonella
  • Quadraspidiotus perniciosus (San Jose Scale)
  • Adoxophyes orana
  • Synanthedon myopaeformis
  • Zeuzera pyrina
  • Pammene rhediella

iSCOUT® Color Trap:

  • Conotrachelus nenuphar
  • Rhagoletis pomonella
  • Hoplocampa testudinea
  • Hoplocampa flava

CORN PESTS

iSCOUT® Pheromone:

  • Mythimna unipuncta
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Papaipema nebris
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Ostrinia nubilalis
  • Spodoptera frugiperda
  • Hydraecia immanis
  • Euetheola humilis
  • Striacosta albicosta

iSCOUT® Color Trap:

  • Diabrotica virgifera virgifera
  • Diabrotica undecimpunctata
  • Diabrotica barberi
  • Diabrotica virgifera zea
  • Diabrotica virgifera

iSCOUT® FruitFly:

  • Popillia japonica
  • Euetheola humili

iSCOUT® Bug:

  • Halyomorpha halys

GRAPE PESTS

iSCOUT® Pheromone:

  • Lobesia botrana
  • Paralobesia viteana
  • Eupoecilia ambiguella
  • Argyrotaenia velutinana

iSCOUT® Color Trap:

  • Harmonia axyridis
  • Hyalestes obsoletus (ciada, vector for phytoplasma)
  • Scaphoideus titanus (cicada, vector for phytoplasma)

iSCOUT® FruitFly:

  • Popillia japonica
  • Euetheola humili

iSCOUT® Bug:

    • Halyomorpha halys
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iMETOS MobiLab

Simple and innovative soil macro-nutrients analyzer based on capillary electrophoresis

iMETOS MobiLab is a simple and innovative soil macro-nutrients analyzer based on capillary electrophoresis. It returns quick results of NO3 and NH4 from the soil and many more nutrients from plant sap and other sources. The measured data can be related to GPS coordinates via mobile app (available for Android and iOS) and can, therefore, support precision farming systems.

Crop macro-nutrient needs are easily satisfied with pre-drilling or post-emergence fertilization. A real adequate fertilization can not be based on empirical evaluation; plant needs are satisfied by the factual presence of chemical elements in soil.

If you want to minimize over-fertilization and still meet the actual needs of the crop you need exact data. And measuring the nutrient level in the soil with iMETOS MobiLab is the answer.

 

Prevent over-fertilizationResource efficiencySave money

 

SOIL AND PLANT SAP ANALYTICS FOR EVERY FIELD

Whether it is row crops, vegetables or fruits, every farmer knows that fertilizer is essential for a wealthy harvest, but determining when and how much to fertilize is sometimes a struggle. Fertilizers, as well as their distribution in the field, cost money. Furthermore overfertilization seriously damages the environment. The new laws for fertilizer use also limit the maximum use per season. By using the iMETOS MobiLab you minimize overfertilization and still meet the actual needs of the crop. A conventional laboratory measurement gives the highest precision results, however it takes time before results are delivered and the method is expensive. iMETOS MobiLab is the simple answer that integrates soil nutrient analysis into a single microfluidic chip.

HOW TO USE iMETOS MobiLab?

  1. Take soil sample.
  2. Mix sample, remove stones and plant debris, and then sieve it.
  3. Weigh 10 g of the sieved sample into a falcon tube.
  4. Add 20 g (= 20 ml) of the extraction buffer.
  5. Close the falcon tube and put it on the shaker for 30 minutes.
  6. Insert chip into the iMETOS MobiLab.
  7. Close the chip clamp by pushing the lever down.
  8. Connect the iMETOS MobiLab to electricity and USB for data processing.
  9. Now remove the falcon tube from the shaker and leave it to sediment for 20 min.
  10. Transfer supernatant and internal standard into an Eppendorf and from there into the iMETOS MobiLab analysis slot.

SOIL EXTRACTION

The iMETOS MobiLab Soil Extraction set contains the hardware to take a soil sample and prepare an extract for further measurement. The set contains a sieve and a bowl for purifying and homogenizing the solid soil sample. A tube takes the sample up and fits into a tailor-made balance. Distilled water is then added. The balance records the actual share of the sample and the water, therefore error-tolerant working is possible. Afterward, the tube is placed on a shaker and left there for 30 minutes in order to extract the nitrogen compounds. Balance and shaker communicate with the iMETOS MobiLab software. The generated data is then sent to FieldClimate.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Power supply12 V adaptor for wall outlet or plug for car outlet
Battery2 h working time

SINGLE NUTRIENT MEASUREMENT

The iMETOS MobiLab LAQUAtwin® NO3 is an ion selective electrode (ISE) capable of measuring nitrate. After a one point calibration, to be done just once a day, the LAQUAtwin receives some droplets of the soil extract on the ISE and returns the concentration of nitrate immediately. This value can be entered into the MobiLab Software and then stored in FieldClimate.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Minimum sample volumeMore than 300 μl
Measurment range6 – 9900 ppm; 1,4 to 2200 mg/l
Resolution1 ppm for less than 100 ppm, 10 ppm for less than 1000 ppm and 100 ppm for less than 10 000 ppm
Battery life400 h
WaterproofIP67

MULTI NUTRIENT MEASUREMENT

The iMETOS MobiLab LabOnAChip® measures soil samples via capillary electrophoresis (CE). The LabOnAChip device operates the chip in an automated manner and communicates with the MobiLab software. An internal standard (ISTD) needs to be added to the filtered soil extract before measuring. This mixture is then transferred into the sample hole of the device with a pipette. After clicking on “start” in the MobiLab Software the measurement is conducted automatically. Results are returned and saved within 3 minutes and the data is also sent to FieldClimate. The nutrients measured are nitrate and ammonia for soil. For other sources like plant sap, waste water or manure etc., additional nutrients measurements are possible.

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Sample volume50-100 μl
Measurment range3-1000 ppm; 0.01-0.5 g/kg
AccuracyFor measurements of liquid concentrations (ppm): ±3 %
For measurements of soil concentrations (mg/kg): ±15 %
Chip lifetimeApproximately 300-500 tests
Battery life2 hours of measuring time
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Dualex

INSTANT NON-DESTRUCTIVE NITRATE AND CLOROPHYL MEASUREMENT

Dualex is a leafclip sensor which measures chlorophyll and polyphenols content of plant leaves.

Thanks to a patented technology, this optical sensor allows simple, fast and non-destructive measurement of chlorophyll, flavonols and anthocyanins in leaves.

ACCURATE MEASUREMENT OF CHLOROPHYLL

Chlorophyll plays a vital role in photosynthesis and plant development. Dualex measures the chlorophyll by analyzing the light transmitted through the leaf. Thanks to a chemical calibration made by FORCE-A, the chlorophyll is given in µg/cm² in the range of 5-80 µg/cm².

UNIQUE LEAFCLIP SENSOR TO MEASURE FLAVONOLS AND ANTHOCYANINS CONTENT IN LEAVES

Flavonols are mainly synthetized after light exposure. As a consequence, they are a good indicator of plant-light interaction history.

Dualex measures flavonols and anthocyanins by analyzing the screening effect of flavonols and anthocyanins on chlorophyll fluorescence. Flavonols and anthocyanins content are given in relative absorbance units from 0 to 3 for flavonols and 0 to 1.5 for anthocyanins.

NBI®: NITROGEN BALANCED INDEX

Chlorophyll is often used as an indicator of plant nitrogen status. Several years of research and experimentation showed that polyphenols, specifically flavonols, are also good indicators of nitrogen status of plants.

NBI® (Nitrogen Balance Index) combines chlorophyll and flavonols (related to nitrogen/Carbon allocation). It’s a nitrogen plant status indicator directly correlated with massic nitrogen content. The NBI® is less sensitive to the variations of environmental conditions than the chlorophyll (leaf age, leaf thickness…).

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Measuring materialTransmittance and screening effect on chlorophyll fluorescence
Index measuredChlorophyll (CHL), Flavonols (FLAV), anthocyanins (ANTH), NBI
Accuracy5%
Reproducibility4,5% for CHL, 3,5% for FLAV and ANTH
Repeatability1,3% for CHL, 2% for FLAV and ANTH
Area measured19,6 mm²
Leaf thickness1.5 mm maximum
Measurement time< 1 s
User interfaceLCD screen, Sound warning
PositioningInternal GPS
Relative accuracy< 2,5 m (CEP, 50%, 24 h static)
Storage capacity10 000 multiparametric data
Data output.csv file
Data transferUSB
Operating temperatureFrom 5 to 45 °C
BatteryLi-ion rechargeable
Autonomy6 hours
Total weight220 g
Size205 x 65 x55 mm
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