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Soil disinfestation microwave system as an alternative to methyl bromide

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 508465

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 569 814

  • EU contribution

    € 880 472

Coordinated by:

MONTAJES KIUP SA

Spain

Objective

The aim of ~he proposed project is to investigate, develop and validate a new efficient fumigation system based on electromagnetic radiation at a range of between 950MHz and 2450 MHz. Trails carried out to date have proven to be effective in terms of fumigation, however, they have proven to be insufficient in terms of energetic performance. In order to ensure the system is viabl~ in terms of energy efficiency, this project proposes the use of conventional agricultural machinery for soil removal and exposing this to EMF radiation within an enclosed resonant cavity, In this way the energy required to ensure effective fumigation of the soil and will be greatly reduced and soil will also be left prepared for immediate cultivation. Given that this technology must be effective under current production conditions, this project will develop, test, and validate an industrial prototype, under a diverse sample of European growing conditions for strawberries and perennial crops. Although methyl bromide is used to some extent on more than 100 crops, nearly 80 percent of preplant methyl bromide soil fumigation goes to strawberries, tomatoes, ornamentals and nursery crops, and peppers and this project will carry out extensive field trails on an expensive number of crops, as well as strawberries, tomatoes and peppers.

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Coordinator

MONTAJES KIUP SA

Address

Fernando El Catolico, 10
Huelva

Spain

Participants (12)

J.C.B. ELECTROMECANICA S.L.

Spain

AGRIFUTUR

Italy

SAIREM S.A.

France

ERKUS VE ORT.TARIM.LTD.STI.

Turkey

UYGUN TARIM AMBALAAJ VE SERA MAL., DANISMANLIK LTD.STI

Turkey

CORNELIUS TRAAS

Ireland

CYCLONE FRANCE

France

CAMPOSOL II, LTDA

Portugal

CENTRE DE RECERCA I INVESTIGACIO DE CATALUNYA S.A.

Spain

PERA INNOVATION LIMITED

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF CUKUROVA

Turkey

FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT.

Hungary

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 508465

  • Start date

    1 November 2004

  • End date

    31 December 2006

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 569 814

  • EU contribution

    € 880 472

Coordinated by:

MONTAJES KIUP SA

Spain