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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.

Call for proposal

H2020-SFS-2017-2
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Coordinator

GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athina
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 537 230,75

Participants (14)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 331 153,85
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 275 942,31
Address
Burg. Van Gansberghelaan 92 Bus 1
9820 Merelbeke
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 436 567,30
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 345 500
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 209 942,69
Address
Paco Das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL D'ENSEIGNEMENT SUPERIEUR POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 168 864,53
Address
Scheffer 42
75016 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 256 929,33
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
CAFFINI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 204 490,38
Address
Via G Marconi 2
37050 Palu
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PULVERIZADORES FEDE SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 165 899,04
Address
Carretera De Liria Sn
46380 Cheste
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 163 961,54
Address
Markou Mpotsari 47
11742 Athens
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TERRA DA VINO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 84 903,85
Address
Via Bergesia 6
12060 Barolo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INVENIO
France
EU contribution
€ 87 041,35
Address
110 Quai De Paludate
33800 Bordeaux
Activity type
Other
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE POUR LA PROTECTION DES CULTURES - EUROPEAN CROP PROTECTION ASSOCIATION - EUROPAISCHER PFLANZENSCHUTZVERBAND
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Guimard 9
1040 Brussels
Activity type
Other
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 157 173,08
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations