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Praktijkonderzoek Plant & Omgeving belongs to the Plant Science Group of Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR). It is a world-renowned centre that combines fundamental and applied research with innovative education in the areas of food, agrotechnology, production systems, nature and the environment. As part of WUR, Praktijkonderzoek Plant & Omgeving is an organisation for strategic and applied-scientific research on plant and crop production for national and international authorities. Drawing on a history of more than 100 years of research in greenhouse horticulture and vast experience in leading and participating in EU projects (e.g. Spicy, Euphoros, Flow-aid, FutureFarm), the greenhouse horticulture group specializes in providing integrated solutions for sustainable horticultural production. Starting in the late 1990’s, the group began building its reputation in systems engineering and in the development of new, automated crop production systems and agrorobotic systems including robots for harvesting, for deleafing cucumbers, for harvesting roses, and various systems for vision-based grading of agricultural produce. With a strong focus on applied research, projects are commonly implemented in close collaboration with companies to assure that the results obtained are implemented in horticultural practice.

Major activities in CROPS

As project coordinator, WUR will be responsible for the scientific design, set-up, budget, overall progress, and success of the CROPS project through WP13. It will monitor the development of all WPs, communicate with the WP-leaders, and organize overall project meetings and meetings of the steering committee. WUR will be responsible for reporting to the EU. Within the framework of WP5 research activities, WUR will focus on developing a demonstrator for harvesting sweet peppers. This activity will entail strong interaction with the disciplinary WPs (WP2 to WP4), where WUR will play a minor role. 

Key Staff 

Jan Bontsema Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and Physics. Current position: Senior Scientist in the Wageningen UR Greenhouse  Technology group. His research interests include control engineering, advanced mechanical weed control, and greenhouse climate control. Activities in Crops: Project co-ordinator.
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Jochen Hemming, Ph.D. degree in in Horticultural Science. Current position: research scientist in the Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture group. His research interests include computer vision, bio-robotics, automation in plant production and measurment & control systems. Activities in Crops: Leader WP5: Sweet pepper harvester. Supervision PhD Wouter Bac.
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Eldert van Henten – Prof. in Biosystems Engineering in the Farm Technology Group of Wageningen University in combination with a Senior Scientist position at the WUR Greenhouse Technology group. His research interests are bio-robotics, robot motion planning, and optimal robot design, all of which he applies mainly to greenhouse crop production. Activities in Crops: Supervision PhD Wouter Bac. Support activities in WP5.
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Wouter Bac – M.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering. Current position: PhD student. Activities in Crops: Focus on adaptive algorithms in vision and motion planning for the sweet pepper harvester.
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Bart van Tuijl - B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, with a specialisation in Mechatronics.  Current position: Technical Researcher at WUR. His research interests lie in the field of mechanical engineering and mechatronic systems. Activities in Crops: Active designer in WP5: Sweet pepper harvester.
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Erik Pekkeriet - B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Current position: value manager, responsible for introducing advanced mechanical systems into greenhouse practice. Activities in Crops: leader WP12: Economics, social aspects sustainability and exploitation.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 13:01