New scouting tool uses cameras to detect pests in the greenhouse

Thanks to a new alliance with the technology company PATS, Biobest’s vast portfolio of IPM solutions has acquired a recognition tool. Starting May 16, growers can take advantage of PATS-C, a system that detects flying pests, such as moths, in the greenhouse in real time. These data allow earlier and more precise introduction of biological agents.

“To measure is to know,” says Sam Gui, Market Development Manager High Tech IPM at Biobest. “PATS’ plug-and-play reconnaissance camera provides information on when, where and how many active moths are in the greenhouse. It is fully automatic, requires no staff and can often provide data before pests are visually detected, saving growers time in their scouting program. Biobest is a strong believer in data-driven cultivation and the many benefits it will create for growers. With this data, our advisors can provide even better tailored advice, making the IPM program more robust while further reducing the use of patching agents. By providing multi-party benefits, growers can reduce their product usage, making their crop protection program more effective, while consumers get products with the least residue possible. »

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“By including PATS cameras in Biobest’s product line, this smart scouting tool will quickly become available to growers around the world,” said Bram Tijmons, CEO and co-founder of PATS.

Tijmons emphasizes that it is a smart system.

“PATS-C continuously records the presence and population build of moths. This allows the grower to more accurately monitor and better time the introduction of biological agents. The system brings scouting data to the grower in the form of a dashboard at their fingertips so they can view the status in their greenhouse anytime and anywhere. Thanks to this technology, we also learn more about the behavior of pests, such as the hours during which they are active. This can then be used to improve timing on the day of the application itself.


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