1. General Model Information


Acronym: PRO_PLANT

Main medium: terrestrial
Main subject: biogeochemical
Organization level: organisms
Type of model: not specified
Main application:
Keywords: crop growth, plant protection, pest


Ubbo Visser, Uwe Voges and Ulrich Streit
Departement of Computer Science in Agriculture
University of Münster, Kleimannstr. 5
48149 Münster, Germany Phone:
Fax :
email: ubbo@linus.uni-muenster.de



The main goal of an advisory system for environmen- tally sound plant protection is to reduce the application rate and application frequency of pesticides by means of recommendations for the specific use of pesticides to assure constant or increased security of yield. In order to realize this goal, the use of pesticides is recommended only if its effectiveness is guarenteed and if an economic loss is to be expected without any means of plant protec- tion. Pest control stops the development of and hinders mass spreading of specific generations of pests.

II. Technical Information

II.1 Executables:

Operating System(s): 1. version: MS-DOS 2. version: MS-Windows 3.1

II.2 Source-code:

Programming Language(s): PDC Prolog and C/C++

II.3 Manuals:

II.4 Data:

III. Mathematical Information

III.1 Mathematics

III.2 Quantities

III.2.1 Input

III.2.2 Output

IV. References

  • Pfeiffer, R. (1993): Importation and manage- ment of meteorologicaldata in the decision- support-system PRO_PLANT. In: Secher et al. (ed.):Proceedings of the Workshop on Computer-based DSS on Crop Protection. DanishJournal of Plant and Soil Science, Report No. 7, 125-130.
  • Visser, U., U. Voges, K. Epke and R. Pfeiffer (1993): UmweltschonenderPflanzenschutz mit Hilfe des Expertensystems PRO-PLANT. Knstliche Intelligenz3/93, 34-43.
  • Voges, U. and Visser, U. (1993): PRO- PLANT - Expertensystem frden umwelt-. schonenden Einsatz von Pflanzenschutzmitteln in der Landwirtschaft.2. Deutsche Tagung Expertensysteme, Leistungsschau.13pp.

  • V. Further information in the World-Wide-Web

    PRO_PLANThome page

    VI. Additional remarks

    Official advice for plant protection in North Rhine West-falia has beengiven with the help of the PRO_PLANT-system since 1992. One licence hasbeen installed at each official advisory office, and more than 200 otherlicenses at farm and private advisor offices. In other parts of Germanythe system runs at several places, mostly at official authorities and advisoryoffices, although the system was constructed mainly for farmers, who runthe system on their own pc. Somes licenses have been installed for testingin other european countries. The main reason for difficulties in runningthe system outside of Germany is the absence of meteorological data inthe right format, as well as the different situation of pesticides admittanceallowance. Also biological characteristics of fields and diseases can differ.User acceptanc is good due to the simple operation of the system.
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