With a disease monitoring and prediction system, Wilkin & Sons hopes to be able to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of preventative spraying in their crops. This will not only offer significant commercial returns by improving yield, but will also have a positive impact on the environment.
Thanks to their partnership with Essex, Wilkin & Sons has also forged strategic links with the Head of Essex's Robotics Lab to explore how the technology developed as part of the project may futureproof the business.
In the longer term, Wilkin & Sons plans to licence the disease detection and prediction system developed as part of the KTP. They have predicted that the disease monitoring and prediction system will help them to grow their market share which should show significant additional revenue in the longer term.