OSIRIS: NEW PEDOCLIMATIC WEB MONITORING SYSTEM FOR IRRIGATION, MANAGEMENT AND PSA CONTROL
The soil and climate data that are being collected in a kiwifruit orchards by a web monitoring system called OSIRIS. The OSIRIS system consists of four main components: 1) Environmental sensors; 2) Solar powered sensor acquisition units OsiNode that are connected by cable to the sensors and transmit data via radio; 3) Web gateway OsiGate that collects data from OsiNode and send it via the Internet; and 4) client device (PC, tablet or Smartphone to display field data through a common web browser). Through the OSIRIS system is possible to continuously monitor soil and climate criteria that are essential to achieve the best production results such as: soil tension by an electronic tensiometer probe, volumetric water content of soil, air temperatures above and below foliage, light intensity above and under the canopy; relative air humidity; soil pH, temperature and electrical conductivity of soil; speed and direction of wind; rain-water quantity; quality of water and other factors. In our research, we found that the optimization of copper treatment in Psa field trial led to high reduction of symptoms (-60%) when copper application (Cu-oxide and Cu-sulphate) were done after 30 mm of rainfall and before the subsequent rain. The monitoring of soil water content reveal the excess of water due to excess of irrigation that lead in vine decline (about 600 hectares in Verona province). Moreover water consumption was reduced up to 60%.
Marcon, M., Cacioppo, O. and Tacconi , G. (2015). OSIRIS: NEW PEDOCLIMATIC WEB MONITORING SYSTEM FOR IRRIGATION, MANAGEMENT AND PSA CONTROL. Acta Hortic. 1096, 409-412
OsiriS, Psa, soil, climate, irrigation, control