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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.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI ROMA TRE
Address
Via Ostiense 159
00154 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 960 893,75

Participants (5)

FERRERO TRADING LUX SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 172 500
Address
Rue De Treves
2632 Findel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 515 750
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 452 525
Address
Via S Maria In Gradi 4
01100 Viterbo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT TRIER
Germany
EU contribution
€ 684 108,75
Address
Universitatsring 15
54296 Trier
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SIGMA CONSULTING SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 358 675
Address
Via Cavareno 13
00124 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)