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Sensors in agriculture: towards an Internet of Plants

To ensure a sustainable future and combat food scarcity, we must boost agricultural productivity, improve climate resilience and optimize resource usage. There is untapped potential for dense wireless sensor networks in agriculture that can increase yields and support resilient production when linked to smart decision and control systems.

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Fig. 1: Envisioned architecture for the Internet of Plants.


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This work has been carried out under the “Plantenna” research programme, a collaboration among the members (technical universities) of the 4TU Federation in the Netherlands. The authors thank all participants in this programme for discussions.

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Steeneken, P.G., Kaiser, E., Verbiest, G.J. et al. Sensors in agriculture: towards an Internet of Plants. Nat Rev Methods Primers 3, 60 (2023).

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