First-of-its-Kind Method Trains Dogs to Detect and Protect Vineyards Against Leafroll 3 and Red Blotch Virus
Today, satellites and drones can detect a wide variety of field and crop conditions using multispectral imagery. We combine this data with indexes such as NDVI maps to create highly precise diagrams indicating areas where crop growth is being optimized as well as where disease might be present.
A dog’s sense of smell can be up to 100 million times more powerful than that of a human. That’s the equivalent of detecting a single drop of blood in a volume of 25 Olympic pools.
When a handler takes the bio detection canine to the area of concern, the canines detect both the scent of the pathogen and volatiles that sick trees and plants produce.