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We would like to inform you that FruitLook provides data for research, opportunities for post-graduate projects, and more. For example, testing FruitLook’s nitrogen parameters with plant sap analysis, looking into soil moisture relations to ET deficit data, or the spatial variation in biomass production. 

FruitLook can provide data on biomass production (above and below ground), NDVI, Leaf Area Index, water use efficiency, evapotranspiration, and plant nitrogen. There is also historical data available in FruitLook all the way back to the 2011-2012 season if the area fell within FruitLook’s coverage area during that time period. We already have a couple of users using FruitLook in their research. An example is AneleSigadla, a student at CapePeninsula University of Technology (CPUT) pursuing a master’s degree. FruitLookplays a vital role as a tool to gather data for his project. The overall objective of his study is to do a water footprint analysis of table grape production in the Berg River region.  The specific objectives are to determine and assess:

a)    The seasonal water use, water use efficiency, and the water footprint of Crimson seedless produced under netting versus conventional production (without netting)
b)    The effect of overhead netting on the grapevine phenology, vigour, production, and quality.
c)    The seasonal irrigation and other water use for table grape vineyards of different age categories. 

This study has two components, namely:
i.        A field trial including three mature production blocks (consisting of a net covered block, as well as two open [uncovered] blocks) to determine the vineyard water use under nets, compared to without nets.  
ii.        A case study (survey) to determine irrigation and other water use (water used for spray applications in the vineyard and water used in the pack store), including table grape vineyards of different age categories, supported with field data and FruitLook data of selected representative commercial blocks in the Berg River region of the Western Cape, SA. FruitLook data were incorporated in this study and is a vital practical tool for the water footprint assessment.  
Anele’s project falls within an extensive Water Research Commission (WRC) and Vinpro funded project of Caren Jarmain (Project leader) “Water footprint as sustainability indicator of table and wine grape production” and in this project, FruitLook data was used to obtain ET and other values for calculations to determine water footprints for production units included in the study. The above examples show the opportunities that FruitLook can give to researchers and/or students to do the required research.
If you are interested in making use of this goldmine of data for your research or project, please feel free to contact Dianca Yssel at 0725442084 or Annaline Smith at 0662122211, or email us at info@fruitlook.co.za/dianca@bluenorth.co.za /annaline@bluenorth.co.za