VitiCanopy is a smartphone and tablet app developed by a team from The University of Adelaide and The University of Melbourne enabling growers to characterise the canopy architecture and leaf area index of their grapevines.
VitiCanopy is a tool that growers, irrigation practitioners and scientists can use to quickly and reliably assess spatial and temporal growth and canopy architecture dynamics. This can then be associated with final yield and grape quality. The app was released in September 2015, and was funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. An android version of the app is under development. See a press release about the app here.
The following video is a guide to the use of VitiCanopy. This can also be found on the youtube here.
The University of Adelaide:
Dr Roberta De Bei
Dr Cassandra Collins
Prof Steve Tyerman
A/Prof Matthew Gilliham
The University of Melbourne
Dr Sigfredo Fuentes
Fuentes S., Poblete-Echeverria C., Ortega-Farias S., Tyerman S.D., De Bei R. 2014. Automated estimation of leaf area index (LAI) from grapevine canopies using cover photography, video and computational analysis methods. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 20 (3): 465-473.
De Bei, R., Hook J., Fuentes S., Gilliham M., Tyerman S. and Collins C. (2015) Linking canopy architecture to grape quality using the LAICanopy App. Proceedings of the 19th international symposium GiESCO. Pech Rouge, France. 585-588
De Bei, R., Fuentes S., Petrie P., Kidman C., Hook J., Gilliham M., Tyerman S., Collins C. (2014) A smartphone application to assess leaf are index. Proceedings ASVO Mildura “Searching for the Sweet Spot – optimal yield and quality”, July 24th-25th 2014.
Fuentes S., De Bei R., Pozo C., Tyerman S. (2012). Development of a smartphone application to characterise temporal and spatial canopy architecture and leaf area index variability for grapevine. Wine and Viticulture Journal 27 (6): 56-60