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Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables

Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables

Objective

OPTIMA will develop an environmentally friendly IPM framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach which includes all critical aspects related to integrated disease management, such as i) novel bio-PPPs use, ii) disease prediction models, iii) spectral early disease detection systems and iv) precision spraying techniques. It will contribute significantly to the reduction of the European agriculture reliance on chemical PPPs resulting in reduced use of agrochemicals, lower residues and reduced impacts on human health. OPTIMA will optimize disease prediction models for downy mildew in vineyards, apple scab in apple orchards and alternaria leaf blight in carrots to envisage faster the possibility of disease outspread and developing advanced early detection methods based on spectral imaging and deep learning techniques to precisely localise and quantify the infection. It will evaluate and screen biological and synthetic PPPs for their combined ability to control the selected diseases and weigh the optimum dosage and application timing and identifying and characterize induced host resistance mechanisms to achieve higher and durable resistance. It will enhance and develop three innovative prototype sprayers (for carrots, apple orchards and vineyards) actuating different nozzle types and adopting variable rate control based on canopy characteristics, the pathogen dispersal and disease development. The holistic developed IPM system will be tested and assessed in field conditions with the three selected crops. The advanced sprayer prototypes and the monitoring system will be tested in real-time to record field efficacy and potential discrepancies from the expected effectiveness. OPTIMA will finally, assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed IPM system in comparison to conventional systems using an extended Life-Cycle approach integrated with Human and Environmental Risk Assessment.
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Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Address

Iera Odos 75
11855 Athens

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 520 875

Participants (14)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 321 562,50

EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 270 187,50

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 426 875

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 340 250

UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 201 260

INSTITUT SUPERIEUR DES SCIENCES AGRONOMIQUES, AGROALIMENTAIRES, HORTICOLES ET DU PAYSAGE

France

EU Contribution

€ 163 008,75

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 251 881,25

CAFFINI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 250

PULVERIZADORES FEDE SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 162 062,50

AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 157 500

TERRA DA VINO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 81 875

INVENIO

France

EU Contribution

€ 84 012,50

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA PROTECTION DES CULTURES - EUROPEAN CROP PROTECTION ASSOCIATION - EUROPAISCHER PFLANZENSCHUTZVERBAND

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 91 875

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 152 125

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 773718

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2018

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 425 600

  • EU contribution

    € 3 425 600

Coordinated by:

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Greece