Detection dogs can be used to detect diseases and pests

Dogs have the right nose to detect diseases and pests in plants and flower bulbs. Another possibility is to use them for other crops, in greenhouses, cooling cells and in open fields.

This was the conclusion of two Dutch students - Samantha Dooijenburgh and Haye van Leeuwen, which they presented on the 9th September.

Over the last few months, the interns researched detection dogs and if it is possible for them to detect diseases and pests. This was an assignment of Innovatie- en Demonstratie Centrum Bollen & Vaste planten; IDS-Lisse. The students were supervised by staff members of Naktuinbouw. The conclusion is that when dogs are trained properly, they can be used for different crops. Soon four other students will start further research.

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