e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture

A bibliometric study

The e-ROSA project seeks to build a shared vision of a future sustainable e-infrastructure for research and education in agriculture in order to promote Open Science in this field and as such contribute to addressing related societal challenges. In order to achieve this goal, e-ROSA’s first objective is to bring together the relevant scientific communities and stakeholders and engage them in the process of coelaboration of an ambitious, practical roadmap that provides the basis for the design and implementation of such an e-infrastructure in the years to come.

This website highlights the results of a bibliometric analysis conducted at a global scale in order to identify key scientists and associated research performing organisations (e.g. public research institutes, universities, Research & Development departments of private companies) that work in the field of agricultural data sources and services. If you have any comment or feedback on the bibliometric study, please use the online form.

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A Pipeline for Trunk Detection in Trellis Structured Apple Orchards


The ability of robots to meticulously cover large areas while gathering sensor data has widespread applications in precision agriculture. For autonomous operations in orchards, a suitable information management system is required, within which we can gather and process data relating to the state and performance of the crop over time, such as distinct yield count, canopy volume, and crop health. An efficient way to structure an information system is to discretize it to the individual tree, for which tree segmentation/detection is a key component. This paper presents a tree trunk detection pipeline for identifying individual trees in a trellis structured apple orchard, using ground-based lidar and image data. A coarse observation of trunk candidates is initially made using a Hough transformation on point cloud lidar data. These candidates are projected into the camera images, where pixelwise classification is used to update their likelihood of being a tree trunk. Detection is achieved by using a hidden semi-Markov model to leverage from contextual information provided by the repetitive structure of an orchard. By repeating this over individual orchard rows, we are able to build a tree map over the farm, which can be either GPS localized or represented topologically by the row and tree number. The pipeline was evaluated at a commercial apple orchard near Melbourne, Australia. Data were collected at different times of year, covering an area of 1.6 ha containing different apple varieties planted on two types of trellis systems: a vertical I-trellis structure and a Guttingen V-trellis structure. The results show good trunk detection performance for both apple varieties and trellis structures during the preharvest season (87-96% accuracy) and near perfect trunk detection performance (99% accuracy) during the flowering season. (C) 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  • AU
  • Univ_Sydney (AU)
Data keywords
  • information system
  • information management
Agriculture keywords
  • agriculture
  • farm
Data topic
  • information systems
  • modeling
  • sensors
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Institutions 10 co-publis
  • Univ_Sydney (AU)
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e-ROSA - e-infrastructure Roadmap for Open Science in Agriculture has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730988.
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