Agricultural laboratory of the future


2019-10-01 bis 2024-09-30

Project management

  • Dieter, von Hörsten
  • Jens Karl, Wegener

Responsible institute

Institut für Anwendungstechnik im Pflanzenschutz

Project preparer

  • Johanna, Schröder

Cooperation partner

  • Universität Osnabrück
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Ländliche Räume, Wald und Fischerei
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Hochschule Osnabrück
  • Deutsches Forschungszentrum für künstliche Intelligenz
  • Universität Vechta

Overall objective of the project

Digitisation of agriculture (DoA), like digitisation in every field of application, requires technical permeability of the value creation networks concerned for the data generated; the actors in every field of application also have an interest in maintaining their data sovereignty. In agriculture, the existing approaches to digitisation already articulate the conflict between data transparency in the value creation network and the demand for data sovereignty of the actors. Consequently, in practice DoA will only work in the form of protected transparency, meaning in a way that data transparency and data sovereignty protection both technically and legally enforce. Realizing protected transparency as a practical prerequisite for DoA is one of the central questions of the ZLA. The practical implementation of the DoA is also based on its impact on the sustainability of agriculture in a comprehensive sense (economic, ecological, social): Only to the extent that such sustainability effects occur does the DoA make practical sense. Consequently, understanding these sustainability effects of the DoA and their requirements, documenting them practically if necessary and quantifying them as far as possible is the other central question of the ZLA. The scientific-technical work is grouped around three subprojects which address three "central aspects" of the call for future laboratories (1. data management and interpretation, 2. automation and autonomy, 3. effects of digitisation) and interpret them in the sense of the two questions mentioned above: 1. analysis of data records and data flows in agriculture 2. practice-oriented autonomisation of agricultural processes 3. sustainability of digitisation in Lower Saxony's agriculture In addition, the ZLA carries out public relations work, including training and teaching, consulting for industry, associations, media, politics and the public.


Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur