Management of Powdery Mildew (PM) relies on fixed or calendar-based fungicide sprays at high cost. However, this approach results in inefficient use of fungicides with applications well before PM is present. In addition to the unnecessary expense, over spraying can lead to fungicide resistance and crop loss, it is time-consuming, unhealthy and bad for the environment.
Using our patented technology our sensors allow the monitoring of PM spores in the air, delivering geo-referenced alerts of disease risk based on spore loads before symptoms are visible on the plants. This information enables growers to manage PM more precisely, stretching spray intervals when there is no threat and focusing scouting and cultural practices (e.g., pruning) in the right areas.
Our monitoring service operates by deploying a network of sensors to precisely monitor the concentration of PM spores in commercial vineyards.Our sensors actively draw air into a tube where spores are captured. The sample tubes are dropped off at local drop boxes 2 times a week by growers and sent to our laboratory, where our DNA-based platform allows the quantification of spores in the sample.
Powdery mildew severely impacts grape yields, leading to excessive fungicide use. Traditional reliance on the PMI often results in over-spraying. Root's precision technology empowers growers to apply treatments only when necessary, based on actual disease pressure