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Precision Farming of Hazelnut Orchards

Objective

The goal of PANtHEOn is to develop the agricultural equivalent of an industrial Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to be used for the precision farming of large orchards of hazelnut (Corylus avellana L.). By taking advantage of the technological advancements in the fields of robotics, remote sensing and big-data management, our objective is to design an integrated system where a relatively limited number of heterogeneous unmanned robotics components (including terrestrial and aerial robots) move within the orchards to collect data and perform some of the most common farming operations. The information will be stored in a central operative unit that will integrate the data coming from the different robotic units to perform automatic feedback actions (e.g. to regulate the irrigation system) and to support the decisions of agronomists and farmers.
We expect that the proposed SCADA system will be able to acquire information at the resolution of the single plant. This will permit to drastically increase the detection of possible limiting factors for each individual plant, such as lack of water or pests and diseases affecting the plant health, and to react accordingly. Compared to the current state of the art in precision farming, we believe that the proposed SCADA infrastructure represents a relevant step ahead in the context of orchards management. In fact, the capability of monitoring the state and the evolution of each single tree will be the enabling-technology to allow more focused interventions. This will result in a better average state of health of the orchard, and in an increased effectiveness of Integrated Pest Managements (IPM). In conclusion, the main advantages of this architecture are:
• Increase in hazelnut productions
• Decrease in chemical inputs usage
• Environmentally-friendly water usage
• Simplified orchard management
The outcome of the project will be validated through a final demo on a real-world (1:1 scale) hazelnut orchard.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-SFS-2017-1

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Net EU contribution
€ 960 893,75
Address
Via Ostiense 133
00154 Roma
Italy

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (5)

FERRERO TRADING LUX SA
Luxembourg
Net EU contribution
€ 172 500,00
Address
Rue De Treves
2632 Findel

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Region
Luxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 515 750,00
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 452 525,00
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo

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Region
Centro (IT) Lazio Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT TRIER
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 684 108,75
Address
Universitatsring 15
54296 Trier

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Region
Rheinland-Pfalz Trier Trier, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SIGMA CONSULTING SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 358 675,00
Address
Via Cavareno 13
00124 Roma

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00