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1. (WO2019007892) APPAREIL DE LUTTE CONTRE LES MAUVAISES HERBES
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Claims:

1. An apparatus (10) for weed control, comprising:

- an input unit (20);

a processing unit (30); and

an output unit (40);

wherein, the input unit is configured to provide the processing unit with at least one image of an environment;

wherein, the processing unit is configured to analyse the at least one image to determine at least one location within the environment for activation of at least one mulch application unit, wherein the at least one mulch application unit is configured to apply at least one mulch to the at least one location for weed control; and

wherein the output unit is configured to output information useable to activate the at least one mulch application unit.

2. Apparatus according to claim 1, wherein the at least one image was acquired by at least one camera, and wherein the input unit is configured to provide the processing unit with at least one location associated with the at least one camera when the at least one image was acquired.

3. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-2, wherein at least one of the at least one mulch contains at least one herbicide.

4. Apparatus according to claim 3, wherein a first mulch of the at least one mulch that contains at least one herbicide contains a different herbicidal content to a second mulch of the at least one mulch that contains at least one herbicide.

5. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-4, wherein the at least one mulch that contains at least one herbicide comprises a biodegradable polymer.

6. Apparatus according to any of claims 1-5, wherein analysis of the at least one image to determine the at least one location for activation of the at least one mulch application unit comprises a determination of at least one location of vegetation.

7. Apparatus according to claim 6, wherein the processing unit is configured to determine a mode of operation of at least one chemical spray unit for spraying a weed control chemical at the at least location on the basis of the analysed at least one image, wherein a time of spraying the weed control chemical is prior to a time of application of the at least one mulch, and wherein the output unit is configured to output information useable to activate the at least one chemical spray unit.

8. Apparatus according to claim 7, wherein determination of the mode of operation comprises determining a weed control chemical to be sprayed from a plurality of weed control chemicals.

9. A system (100) for weed control, comprising:

at least one camera (110);

- an apparatus (10) for weed control according to any of claims 1-8; and

at least one mulch application unit (120);

wherein, the at least one camera is configured to acquire the at least one image of the environment;

wherein, the at least one mulch application unit is mounted on a vehicle (130); and

wherein, the apparatus is configured to activate the at least one mulch application unit to apply the at least one mulch to the at least one location for weed control.

10. System according to claim 9, wherein the system comprises at least one chemical spray unit (140) for spraying a weed control chemical at the at least location on the basis of the analysed at least one image, wherein a time of spraying the weed control chemical is prior to a time of application of the at least one mulch.

11. System according to any of claims 9-10, wherein the apparatus is mounted on the vehicle; and wherein the at least one camera is mounted on the vehicle.

A method (200) for weed control, comprising:

a) providing (210) a processing unit with at least one image of an environment;

analysing (220) by the processing unit the at least one image to determine at least one location within the environment for activation of at least one mulch application unit, wherein the at least one mulch application unit is configured to apply at least one mulch to the at least one location for weed control; and

outputting (230) information by an output unit that is useable to activate the at least one mulch application unit.

13. Method according to claim 12, wherein the at least one image was acquired by at least one camera, and wherein step a) comprises providing the processing unit with at least one location associated with the at least one camera when the at least one image was acquired.

14. Method according to any of claims 12-13, wherein the method comprises step c) analysing (240) by the processing unit the at least one image to determine a mode of operation of at least one chemical spray unit for spraying a weed control chemical at the at least location on the basis of the analysed at least one image, wherein a time of spraying the weed control chemical is prior to a time of application of the at least one mulch, and wherein step d) comprises outputting information useable to activate the at least one chemical spray unit.

15. A computer program element for controlling an apparatus according to any of claims 1 to 8 and/or system according to any of claims 9-11, which when executed by a processor is configured to carry out the method of any of claims 12-14.