Mite (the Netherlands) and Impacts (Portugal), two biotech companies, propose to develop a mite extraction and counting machine. The R&D partners are the University of Amsterdam and machine developerSchachtner (Germany). Mile faunas are used: (1) for ecotoxicological tests on new types of plant protection products (pesticides). These tests are mandatory before new plant protection products are allowed on the European market. (2) In agriculture to indicate whether to use pesticides for crop protection. This equipment automates the manual counting and extraction of miles enabling accurate and more simplified testing. The increased accuracy will lower the level iron statistically significant mile detection from 40% to a 25% reduction in non-targeted mite faunas. This would comply with European Community directives, as opposed to the existing manual techniques. More accurate testing techniques will reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture, leading to a cleaner environment. The project fits in Theme 1 of the Fifth Framework: 'Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' The project specifically complies with Key Action 5 'Sustainable Agriculture' (plant health).
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards