Mapry Begins Joint Research with Fukushima University on Sensing Tree Shape Changes during Fruit Tree Cultivation
Mapry Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture, Representative Director: Keiji Yamaguchi, hereinafter referred to as “Mapry”), which provides the geospatial information application platform “MAPRY”, has started joint research with the Laboratory of Orchard and Horticulture (hereinafter referred to as “Fukushima University”), Course of Agricultural Production of the College of Food and Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Fukushima University on the development and application of three-dimensional reconstruction technology for fruit tree bodies such as peaches.
Through this joint research, Mapry will grasp the changes in tree shape before and after fruit production and pruning, create a mechanism to make it easier to harvest fruits more effectively, and develop software for this.
While providing forest survey applications using iPhone and iPad, Mapry was conducting research and development to simulate the growth of standing trees and to reconstruct a model of a tree in a three-dimensional space. In addition, since it was adopted as the “Smart Agriculture Demonstration Project in FY Reiwa 2003” conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, we have been demonstrating the development and construction of a remote sensing system that can grasp the growth status of fields and fruit trees, diseases and pests with reduced patrol man-hours.
On the other hand, Fukushima University, which is mainly in charge of this joint research, was conducting various research such as analysis of cultivation methods based on the growth status of fruit trees and the introduction of ICT/AI.
This initiative came to the idea that it would be possible to explore new cultivation methods and possibilities for fruit trees by collaborating with both institutions, and joint research was started.
■Outline of the joint research
By combining photographing and image analysis technologies related to the analysis of fruit tree shapes, we will simplify the branching and arranging technology, and establish a method to appropriately grasp changes in tree shape due to fruit bearing load and pruning.
■About the Laboratory of Fruit and Horticulture, Agricultural Production Course, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Fukushima University
From fruit cultivation to genetic analysis, we conduct research on various fruit trees, mainly peaches, about how to cultivate them, how to make them sweeter, and other quality improvements, stabilization of harvest yields, and growth status. We are working on various issues ranging from the distribution of radioactive cesium, ICT conversion, cultivation of fruit trees and distribution.
Mapry provides services for all those involved in surveying, forestry, disaster prevention, agriculture and construction. It is possible to acquire 3D data, which was difficult to operate and analyze devices and was expensive in the past, more easily and inexpensively without depending on the network environment using handheld iPhones and iPads.
If you are interested in remote sensing in the field of agriculture and forestry (labor-saving around and grasping the growth situation, etc.), or if you are interested in mapry, such as simplifying field surveys and storing and utilizing spatial information of buildings, please do not hesitate to contact us and consult us.
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Representative Director: Keiji Yamaguchi
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