WESTERLO, Belgium: Technology company PATS and biocontrols supplier Biobest have developed a new tool for Integrated Pest Managment scouting in greenhouse crops.
Launching on 16 May, PATS-C is a system to detect real-time flying pests, such as moths, in the greenhouse. The gathered data will allow for earlier detection of pests and a more efficient use of biological agents.
“To measure is to know,” says Sam Gui, market development manager High Tech IPM at Biobest. “The plug and play cameras from PATS provide information about when, where and how much moths are active in the greenhouse. It is completely automatic, requiring no staff, and can often provide data before the pests are detected visually – saving the growers time in their scouting programme.”
Biobest holds a strong belief in data-driven greenhouse cropping and the numerous benefits it will create for the growers. Gui: “This partnership with PATS will proof a golden combination. With this data, our advisors can provide even better tailored advice, making the IPM programme more robust while further reducing the use of corrective agents. Delivering benefits to several parties, growers can reduce their use of products, making their crop protection programme more efficient, while consumers get products with as little residue as possible.”
“By including PATS cameras in Biobest’s product range, this smart scouting tool will quickly become accessible to growers worldwide,” says Bram Tijmons, CEO & co-founder of PATS.
He emphasises that this is a ‘smart’ system. “PATS-C continuously records the presence and population built-up of moths. This allows the grower to monitor more accurately and time the introduction of biological agents better. The system brings the scouting data to the grower in a form of a dashboard at his fingertips for him to consult the situation in his greenhouse anytime anywhere. With this technology, we also learn more about the behaviour of the pests, such as which hours they are active. This can then be used to improve timing on the day of application itself.”