Ghent University raises its profile in precision agriculture

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On 15 March Ghent University officially launched a prestigious research project on precision agriculture, led by the Syrian-Belgian top scientist Abdul Mouazen.

Prof. Abdul Mouazen, specializing in proximal soil sensing for precision agriculture and environmental applications, is a patent holder of a mobile soil sensor that can analyse the composition of the soil by means of infrared spectroscopy. During his past 9 years employment by Cranfield University (UK), several pioneering precision agriculture applications of this innovative sensor were achieved.

In the start of 2017 he started his new position at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, where he will carry out a project titled: Towards Establishing a Centre of Site-specific Technology for Soil and Crop Management (SiTeMan). The aim of the project is to establish a research platform combining cutting-edge soil and crop sensors, modelling and system control technology for managing farm resources site-specifically, with the final goal of establishing a precision agriculture centre in Flanders.

Prof. Mouazen: “Precision agriculture is a relatively new approach in crop production that relays on advanced technologies to manage within field variability by applying the right amount of farm input in the right place and time. It has been proven to increase crop production sustainably and improve food quality while reducing environmental contamination and waste.”