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See detailDevelopment of an open-source algorithm based on inertial measurement units (IMU) of a smartphone to detect cattle grass intake and ruminating behaviors
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Beckers, Yves ULg et al

in Computers & Electronics in Agriculture (2017), 139

In this paper, an open algorithm was developed for the detection of cattle’s grass intake and rumination activities. This was done using the widely available inertial measurement unit (IMU) from a ... [more ▼]

In this paper, an open algorithm was developed for the detection of cattle’s grass intake and rumination activities. This was done using the widely available inertial measurement unit (IMU) from a smartphone, which contains an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer and location sensors signals sampled at 100 Hz. This equipment was mounted on 19 grazing cows of different breeds and daily video sequences were recorded on pasture of different forage allowances. After visually analyzing the cows’ movements on a calibration database, signal combinations were selected and thresholds were determined based on 1-s time windows, since increasing the time window did not increase the accuracy of detection. The final algorithm uses the average value and standard deviation of two signals in a two-step discrimination tree: the gravitational acceleration on x-axis (Gx) expressing the cows’ head movements and the rotation rate on the same x-axis (Rx) expressing jaw movements. Threshold values encompassing 95% of the normalized calibrated data gave the best results. Validation on an independent database resulted in an average detection accuracy of 92% with a better detection for rumination (95%) than for grass intake (91%). The detection algorithm also allows for characterization of the diurnal feeding activities of cattle at pasture. Any user can make further improvements, for data collected at the same way as the iPhone’s IMU has done, since the algorithm codes are open and provided as supplementary data. [less ▲]

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See detailCaméras 3D et plantes numériques : vers une automatisation de l’agriculture
Bouvry, Arnaud ULg; Stalport, Benoît ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2017)

En cours de développement à la Faculté de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, l’exploitation d’images en 3 dimensions de plantes permet de récolter une grande quantité de données. Cette technique, couplée à un ... [more ▼]

En cours de développement à la Faculté de Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, l’exploitation d’images en 3 dimensions de plantes permet de récolter une grande quantité de données. Cette technique, couplée à un système mathématique de modélisation de plantes, utilisé notamment par Pixar, offre de nombreuses possibilités pour la recherche scientifique. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray droplet impaction outcomes for different plant species and spray formulations
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Forster, W. Alison et al

in Crop Protection (2017), 99

A track-sprayer combined with a high-speed camera were used to visualize and identify droplet impaction outcomes for three formulations (water, 0.1% LI 700® (lecithin, a mixture of soya oils, propionic ... [more ▼]

A track-sprayer combined with a high-speed camera were used to visualize and identify droplet impaction outcomes for three formulations (water, 0.1% LI 700® (lecithin, a mixture of soya oils, propionic acid and surfactants) in water and 0.1% Pulse® (non-ionic surfactant, trisiloxane ethoxylate) in water) on four plant species (bean (Vicia faba L.), avocado (Persea americana L.), barnyard grass (Echinochloa crus-galli L. P. Beauv.) and cabbage (Brassica oleracea L.)) selected to represent a wide range of leaf surface characters. Droplet sizes and velocities were measured by image analysis and a multiple hypothesis tracking algorithm. Impaction outcomes were categorized into adhesion, bounce, or shatter. The probability of each outcome was estimated from logistic regression models related to the dimensionless Weber number. This approach is in contrast to various deterministic threshold criteria for droplet bounce or shatter that have been used to model droplet impaction events on leaves. It also provides a simple visual and numerical presentation of the complexity of impaction processes, and the relative influence of leaf surface character versus formulation for droplets with different impaction energies. [less ▲]

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See detailActivités et production de méthane des bovins au pâturage
Blaise, Yannick ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Castro Muñoz, Eloy ULg et al

Conference given outside the academic context (2017)

Quels sont les liens entre les comportements des bovins et les caractéristiques de la prairie sur la dynamique de production de méthane (CH4)?

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See detailDéveloppements scientifiques et nouvelles technologies pour l'application de produits phytosanitaires de précision
Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2017, March 10)

Depuis leur introduction, les produits phytosanitaires ont largement démontré leur efficacité pour assurer des rendements agricoles élevés. Toutefois, les nuisances sanitaires et environnementales sont ... [more ▼]

Depuis leur introduction, les produits phytosanitaires ont largement démontré leur efficacité pour assurer des rendements agricoles élevés. Toutefois, les nuisances sanitaires et environnementales sont rapidement apparues ainsi que le développement de diverses résistances. Les développements scientifiques récents, qui permettent une meilleure compréhension du processus d’application tant pour les chercheurs que les agriculteurs, ouvrent la porte à de nombreux développements technologiques. Une présentation des principales bases physiques du processus permet d’éclaircir les diverses options technologiques à la disposition des agriculteurs pour améliorer leurs pratiques en traitement des cultures. En particulier, l’attention est portée sur la trajectoire des gouttes entre la buse et sa cible ainsi que la rétention du produit par les plantes. Ces considérations se traduisent par diverses options technologiques au niveau des agro-équipements et produits de traitement qui doivent être prises en considération pour effectuer les investissements les plus pertinents et choisir les meilleures options lors du traitement. [less ▲]

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See detailWeb-based animal behavior study service for researchers based on the smartphone inertial central
Debauche, Olivier ULg; Mahmoudi, Saïd; Manneback, Pierre et al

Scientific conference (2017, March 07)

Smartphones, particularly Iphones, are equipped with high performance inertial units and absolute positioning systems that are traditionally used to measure user behavior. They are also very relevant ... [more ▼]

Smartphones, particularly Iphones, are equipped with high performance inertial units and absolute positioning systems that are traditionally used to measure user behavior. They are also very relevant instruments for researchers in animal behavior. In this work, a lambda cloud architecture and web services are developed to archive and process high-frequency data from the inertial center of an Iphone 4S using behavioral classification algorithms. In addition, a web interface for encoding behavior observed on videos allows to synchronize the observations with the measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailWeb-based cattle behavior service for researchers based on the smartphone inertial central
Debauche, Olivier ULg; Mahmoudi, Saïd; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg et al

in Procedia Computer Science (2017), 110(C), 110-116

Smartphones, particularly iPhones, can be relevant instruments for researchers in animal behavior because they are readily available on the planet, contain many sensors and require no hardware development ... [more ▼]

Smartphones, particularly iPhones, can be relevant instruments for researchers in animal behavior because they are readily available on the planet, contain many sensors and require no hardware development. They are equipped with high performance inertial measurement units (IMU) and absolute positioning systems analyzing users’ movements, but they can easily be diverted to analyze likewise the behaviors of domestic animals such as cattle. The study of animal behavior using smartphones requires the storage of many high frequency variables from a large number of individuals and their processing through various relevant variables combinations for modeling and decision-making. Transferring, storing, treating and sharing such an amount of data is a big challenge. In this paper, a lambda cloud architecture and a scientific sharing platform used to archive and process highfrequency data are proposed. An application to the study of cattle behavior on pasture on the basis of the data recorded with the IMU of iPhones 4S is exemplified. The package comes also with a web interface to encode the actual behavior observed on videos and to synchronize observations with the sensor signals. Finally, the use of fog computing on the iPhone reduced by 42% on average the size of the raw data by eliminating redundancies. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal Conductivity of Straw Bales: Full Size Measurements Considering the Direction of the Heat Flow
Costes, Jean-Philippe; Evrard, Arnaud; Biot, Benjamin et al

in Buildings (2017), 7(11), 1-15

The thermal conductivity of straw bales is an intensively discussed topic in the international straw bale community. Straw bales are, by nature, highly heterogeneous and porous. They can have a relatively ... [more ▼]

The thermal conductivity of straw bales is an intensively discussed topic in the international straw bale community. Straw bales are, by nature, highly heterogeneous and porous. They can have a relatively large range of density and the baling process can influence the way the fibres are organised within the bale. In addition, straw bales have a larger thickness than most of the insulating materials that can be found in the building industry. Measurement apparatus is usually not designed for such thicknesses, and most of the thermal conductivity values that can be found in the literature are defined based on samples in which the straw bales are resized. During this operation, the orientation of the fibres and the density may not be preserved. This paper starts with a literature review of straw bale thermal conductivity measurements and presents a measuring campaign performed with a specific Guarded Hot Plate, designed to measure samples up to 50 cm thick. The influence of the density is discussed thoroughly. Representative values are proposed for a large range of straw bales to support straw-bale development in the building industry. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurements of reference ISO nozzles by high-speed imaging
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Nuyttens, David et al

in Crop Protection (2016), 89

Agricultural spray characteristics determine the efficiency of a pesticide application because size and velocity affect droplet trajectory and impact behavior. At present, the relevance of different ... [more ▼]

Agricultural spray characteristics determine the efficiency of a pesticide application because size and velocity affect droplet trajectory and impact behavior. At present, the relevance of different characterization techniques remains controversial since discrepancies may be significant between measurements performed in different laboratories. A digital image acquisition technique and analysis algorithm is proposed for droplet size and velocimetry measurements as an alternative to well-established techniques such as the Phase Doppler Particle Analyzer (PDPA) or laser diffraction spectrometry (LDS). The algorithm requires double exposed shadow images acquired in a back-lighted arrangement with a Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) camera and a pulsed light emitting diode (LED). Spatial illumination heterogeneities are corrected by subtracting from each image a mean background acquired on several images without any particle. The algorithm accuracy is ensured by the rejection of out-of-focus particles using a focus parameter depending on gradient intensity at the particle edges. Thresholds for focus particle selection were determined by studying the evolution of the focus parameter and the error on particle size measurements from images containing droplets with uniform size at various distance of the object plane. Selected droplets were identified on both pairs of images to determine their size and velocity. Droplet size distributions were corrected to account for the uneven sampling probability caused by the volumetric method. Droplet size distributions of a set of reference nozzle/pressure combinations defined in the ISO/DIS 25358 were measured. The image technique was able to distinguish each of the reference sprays well. Comparison with PDPA measurements showed that the imaging technique tends to measure an equivalent Dv50, a lower Dv10 and a higher Dv90 leading therefore to a higher relative span factor. Velocity measurements showed good agreement between both techniques except for one nozzle/pressure combination. [less ▲]

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See detailPredicting the dynamic impact behaviour of spray droplets on flat plant surfaces
Delele, Mulugeta Admasu; Nuyttens, David; Douga, Ashenafitilahun T. et al

in Soft Matter (2016), 12 (34)(7), 195-211

The dynamic impact behaviour of water droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The study was conducted using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF ... [more ▼]

The dynamic impact behaviour of water droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The study was conducted using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) approach. The static contact angle of water droplets on leaf surfaces of different plants (apple, pear, leek and cabbage) was measured and found to vary between 54.9 and 138.2°. Impact experiments were conducted by monitoring the flow and impact characteristics of water droplets on leaves in still air with a high speed camera. Droplets were generated by an agricultural flat fan spray nozzle moving across the leaf at constant speed. The nozzle produced droplets with diameters ranging from 20.6 up to 550.8 μm, and droplet velocity values near the impact between 0.03 and 13.2 m s(-1). The CFD model was capable of predicting the observed dynamic impact behaviour of droplets on the plant surfaces. The fate of the droplets after the impact process for adhesion, bouncing or splashing was accurately predicted for Weber numbers (We) in the range of 0.007 to 1096 and droplet Reynolds numbers (Re) between 5 to 8000. The process was highly dependent on the surface and droplet flow characteristics during the impact. Combinations of We, Re and Ohnesorge (Oh) numbers defined the droplet maximum spread factor, the number of secondary droplets generated as a result of the splashing process and the transition between the different impact outcomes. These criteria can then be used in field scale spray deposition and drift models to better understand agricultural spray operations. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of a thin radial liquid flow
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg et al

in Fire Safety Journal (2016), 83

The present work proposes an extension of the existing analytical development on the radial spread of a liquid jet over a horizontal surface to the case of a thin radial flow. When the gap, H, between the ... [more ▼]

The present work proposes an extension of the existing analytical development on the radial spread of a liquid jet over a horizontal surface to the case of a thin radial flow. When the gap, H, between the jet nozzle and the plate is reduced the discharging area may be smaller than the inlet area leading to an increase of the main flow velocity downstream of the thin cylindrical opening. This increase of velocity, de fined here as 1/alpha , can be related to the relative gap of the nozzle H/R with R the nozzle pipe radius. Numerical computations with a volume of fluid method were realised with for H/R ranging from 0.2 to 3 and with flow rates Q of 3 and 6 l/min1. The results of these computations allowed to express alpha in respect of H/R. Taking in account the flow acceleration allowed to extend the set of equation from the jet impacting flow to the thin cylindrical opening flow. The liquid layer thickness and the surface velocity diff er with a maximum error of 4% between the flow predicted by the model and computations. Main discrepancies appear in the region close to the nozzle where the analytical model assumption of a constant velocity outside the boundary layer is not valid. However, further downstream the model and the computations are in good agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailA review on the use of sensors to monitor cattle jaw movements and behavior when grazing
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg; Mercatoris, Benoît ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20

Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is spreading rapidly in intensive cattle farms. It is based on the monitoring of individuals using different kinds of sensors. Applied to grazing animals, PLF is mainly ... [more ▼]

Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is spreading rapidly in intensive cattle farms. It is based on the monitoring of individuals using different kinds of sensors. Applied to grazing animals, PLF is mainly based on the recording of three parameters: the location, the posture and the movements of the animal. Until now, several techniques have been used to discriminate grazing and ruminating behaviors with accuracies over 90% on average, when compared to observations, providing valuable tools to improve the management of pasture and grazing animals. However, bites and jaw movements are still overlooked, even though they are of utmost importance to assess the animal grazing strategies for various pasture types and develop future techniques allowing better estimation of their intake. The goal of this review is to explore the possibility of monitoring the individual jaw movements and the differentiation of bites in grazing animals. For this purpose, (1) the mechanisms of forage intake in cattle are explained briefly in order to understand the movements performed by the cow, especially during grazing, (2) the various sensors that have been proposed to monitor jaw movements of ruminants such as mechanical sensors (pressure sensors), acoustic sensors (microphone) and electromyography sensors are compared and (3) finally the relationship between jaw movements, biting behavior and forage intake is discussed. The review clearly demonstrated the abilities of mechanical, acoustic and electromyography sensors to classify the difference types of jaw movements. However, it also indicated a wide range of accuracies and different observation windows required to reach these accuracies when compared to the observed movement. This classification purpose could lead to a better detection of more specific behavior, e.g. bite detection, and their exact location on pasture. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasuring spore settling velocity for an improved assessment of dispersal rates in mosses
Zanatta, Florian ULg; Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Patiño, Jairo et al

in Annals of Botany (2016)

The settling velocity of diaspores is a key parameter for the measurement of dispersal ability in wind-dispersed plants and one of the most relevant parameters in explicit dispersal models, but remains ... [more ▼]

The settling velocity of diaspores is a key parameter for the measurement of dispersal ability in wind-dispersed plants and one of the most relevant parameters in explicit dispersal models, but remains largely undocumented in bryophytes. The settling velocities of moss spores were measured and it was determined whether settling velocities can be derived from spore diameter using Stokes’ Law or if specific traits of spore ornamentation cause departures from theoretical expectations. [less ▲]

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See detailLINKING CATTLE GRAZING BEHAVIOR TO METHANE AND CARBON DIOXIDE DYNAMICS
Blaise, Yannick ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2016, February), 81(1), 107-112

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well ... [more ▼]

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well as addressing the selection of low producing individuals. On pasture and in the barn, variations in CH4 emissions are observed depending on the time of the day. However, no studies have been made to link these diurnal fluctuations to behavioural phases, especially on pasture. The aim of this study was to understand the individual dynamics of CH4 production and their links to the grazing behaviour. For this purpose, a new tool was specifically developed. Five red-pied dry cows were equipped with infrared CH4 and carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors measuring concentrations in the exhaled air at 4 Hz. The animals were equipped with a heart rate belt (HR) and motion sensors to detect their feeding behaviours (grazing vs. rumination) for periods of 8 h/d. Wind speed (WS) was also monitor to verify interference with sampled gas concentrations. Results showed that using the CH4:CO2 ratio reduced the interference with WS that was observed on raw CH4 and CO2 concentration signals. CH4:CO2 ratio average over 5 min periods indicated that CH4 emissions were lower during grazing than rumination (P<0.01). The eructation frequency during grazing (0.48 eructation/min, P<0.01) was also lower than during rumination (0.65 eructation/min). HR was higher during grazing that rumination. Because HR is usually linked to metabolic CO2 production intensity, hence influencing the denominator of the CH4:CO2 ratio, further investigation should focus on the quantification of changes in fermentative and metabolic CO2 emissions along the day to estimate total CH4 production more accurately and the relationship between CH4 emissions patterns and post-feeding times. [less ▲]

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See detailOUTDOOR MEASUREMENT OF CATTLE METHANE EMISSIONS USING THE EDDY-COVARIANCE TECHNIQUE IN COMBINATION WITH GEOLOCALIZATION DEVICES
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2016, February)

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options ... [more ▼]

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options, techniques for measuring methane emissions from cattle must be developed and adapted to each management system. Among available micrometeorological methods, the use of eddy-covariance is still in its infancy [2] and its relevance and robustness for cattle flux estimation has still to be proved. On one hand, it is well adapted to seasonal grazing systems, is non-invasive, needs little animal handling and allows detection of daily emission patterns. On the other hand, it has the drawback of requiring cattle geo-localization and long periods of measurements (typically one month). In this study, we combined measured CH4 fluxes with a footprint model [3] and cattle positions (GPS devices) over several one-month campaigns at key periods in the grazing season in order to obtain CH4 emissions per cow at herd scale. Accelerometers were also added to the system for behaviour detection, opening the possibility of linking emissions to feeding behaviour. Measurements were performed and are still ongoing at the Dorinne Terrestrial Observatory in 2014/2015. The first campaign provided a mean emission per cow of 65±6 kg CH4.LSU-1.year-1. Cattle emission pattern was tightly linked with behaviour pattern, emissions being higher during and shortly after grazing (i.e. at dawn and dusk). Uncertainties linked to the method will be discussed and quantified (footprint model validity, geo-localization precision, eddy covariance corrections and filtering specificities linked to CH4 measurements). Compilation of data from multiple campaigns will allow quantification of the effects of forage quality, animal weight and lactating state on emissions per cow. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced span spray – Part 2: Drift
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg et al

in Aspect of Applied Biology, International Advances in Pesticide Application (2016, January)

Treatment efficiency is drastically affected by the amount of spray drift away the target area. The present study investigates the effect of a reduced span on spray drift based on wind tunnel measurements ... [more ▼]

Treatment efficiency is drastically affected by the amount of spray drift away the target area. The present study investigates the effect of a reduced span on spray drift based on wind tunnel measurements with the final aim of guiding the design of a reduced span nozzle (Reduced span spray – Part 3: Design of narrow span nozzle). A capillary jet with a free and a forced break up regimes, corresponding to 0.5 and 0.06 span values respectively, was tested under 2 m/s downwind speed. Droplets spots from the free break up regime show a bimodal distribution, which are related to droplets sizes: Bigger droplet travel less distance than smaller droplets. Droplet diameters measured on ground level at different distances from the generator were corroborated with the observed droplets spots. However, deposits from forced break up regime were similar to deposits obtained by the free break up regime, what may be due to emerged drops throughout the droplet stream. Much focus on the forced break up regime is needed to relate droplet size to spray drift. [less ▲]

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See detailStudying the impact characteristics of spray droplets on plant surfaces using a multiphase CFD model
Delele, Mulugeta Admasu; Nuyttens, David; Ambaw, A et al

in Balsari, P; Cooper, S E; Glass, C R (Eds.) et al International Advances in Pesticide Application (2016, January)

The impact characteristics of spray droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) approach. The contact angle ... [more ▼]

The impact characteristics of spray droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) approach. The contact angle of the droplet on different surfaces was measured and included as a model parameter. The model was validated using experimental results that were conducted on different plant surfaces (apple, pear, cabbage and leek) and the model was applied to study the effect of droplet impact velocity, droplet diameter, formulation and surface topology on droplet impact characteristics. For each combination of model parameters, the model was capable of predicting the droplet impact outcome (adherence, rebound, splash and shattering). The results showed that multiphase CFD model has a capacity to predict the behavior of plant protection mixture droplets at impact on target surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced span spray – Part 1: Retention
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg et al

in Aspect of Applied Biology, International Advances in Pesticide Application (2016, January)

Maximising treatment efficiency for a given target lies mainly on depositing a maximum part of the spray volume within an optimal droplet size range, which has to be as narrow as possible to reduce ... [more ▼]

Maximising treatment efficiency for a given target lies mainly on depositing a maximum part of the spray volume within an optimal droplet size range, which has to be as narrow as possible to reduce retention variability and drift issues. The present work focuses on exploring the effect of span factor of the droplet size distribution on the final retention by a 3D target plant using a modelling approach with the final aim of guiding the development of a reduced span nozzle (Reduced span spray – Part 3: Design of narrow span nozzle). Five droplet size spans have been tested for three VMD and three wetting scenarios on the same 3D plant architecture. Performing a screening of the different parameters involved in spray retention with a modelling approach based on a deeper understanding of leaf/droplet interactions is a valuable approach for highlighting the optimal droplet size distribution maximising droplet retention for a given target/formulation combination. [less ▲]

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