SMP-18018 Automated Inspection of JApanese POtato TUber quality (AIJA-POTU)

While the import of seed potatoes (and only marginally for industry potatoes) is not allowed in Japan, the impact on diseases and climate change can be devastating like recently in the typhoon series that decimated the harvest yields in Hokkaido with serious financial impacts for involved Japanese companies. In the Netherlands numerous public-private partnerships projects including several with consortium partners of this project join forces explore the of high-tech developments in breeding, propagation topics with advanced phenotyping technology tools plus for field production location in advanced precision agriculture applications. The insights gained in these projects are very relevant for the Japanese potato production industry. This project aims to bridge the current gap of knowledge and technology exchange between the Netherlands and Japan, by understanding local needs with a targeted approach to link partners from both countries in the production chain and to boost cooperation between AgTech companies in both countries.

The aim of the project is to investigate the extent to which NL knowledge and products / technology can be applied in the Japanese potato sector, and to identify what has to be done to make this happen (ie. research, promotion, demonstration etc). We will set up a consortium of several Dutch high-tech sensor suppliers and machine builders supported by WUR to interact with Japanese companies/ backed-up by Japanese researchers. We will then translate Dutch solutions specifically for the Japanese market based on the already developed automated sensors and systems for potato production. Topics to focus on specially:

  • Automation of cultivation techniques and harvesting methods.
  • Modelling the Japanese quality inspector on potato quality inspection and the translation to high tech tools (sensors and dedicated software)
  • High-quality and high capacity screening of internal and external quality of potato tubers for sampling/ phenotyping purposes in the post-harvest phase.