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LOW-COST, HAND-HELD, AND NON-INVASIVE OPTICAL SENSOR FOR MULTIPARAMETRIC FIELD ANALYSIS OF GRAPES AND LEAVES IN VINEYARDS

Objective

In August 2009 was fully implemented the reform of the Common Market Organization for wine (CR Nº479/2008, 29-04-2008). It aims at reducing the 24 million hl/year surplus of basic low quality wine, phasing out the €500 million/year spent on wine disposal subsidies and making EU wine more competitive. This reform, together with other market constraints will endanger all EU winegrowing SMEs. To survive, they will have to increase crop value, reduce the production of basic wine and convert part into premium quality. This can be achieved by implementing new and more effective field control methods. PREMIVM proposes a low-cost, handheld device capable of non-invasively estimating ripeness and vigour parameters for grapes and vine plants. All this in the vineyard, by means of the innovative use of chlorophyll fluorescence and reflectance multispectral data correlated by specific mathematical models, with GPS tags for all readings. The device will provide data to precisely control the field, and increase production value up to 25% (expected yearly €5.000-10.000/ha income increase for winegrowing SMEs like PEREZ, QMF and PERACCIO). With a cost of €2500/ unit, consortium manufacture and distribution SMEs PSI and AGRI estimate, through a joint-venture, to reach at least 2% of the market in 5 years. This is equivalent to an expected income of €70 million, with a €30 million profit and a ROI of 0.86. The consortium provides the complementary business capabilities, commercial networks and research expertise to guarantee the technology a quick route to the market. All members are fully committed to ensuring the success of the project, led by the SMEs in testing, validating, using and protecting the results outsourced to the necessary expertise in Chl-F&R, optical instrumentation, botany, IT solutions, communications and prototyping of RTDs BIOENG, KIT and ISBE.
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Coordinator

AGRI-CIENCIA CONSULTORES DE ENGENHARIA LDA

Address

Rua Dos Lusiadas 52-1
1300 372 Lisboa

Portugal

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 206 747,91

Administrative Contact

Miguel Castro Neto (Prof.)

Participants (8)

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PSI (PHOTON SYSTEMS INSTRUMENTS), SPOL. SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 162 149,02

DVC NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 186 010,02

RAIMUND PRUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 181 970,52

AZIENDA AGRICOLA IL PERACCIO DI MASIERO FRANCESCO & C. SOCIETA SEMPLICE AGRICOLA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 165 494,36

QUINTA DA MATA FIDALGA - AGRICULTURA E TURISMO RURAL LDA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 168 847,63

CENTRUM VYZKUMU GLOBALNI ZMENY AV CR VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 8 883

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 27 636

ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS CATALONIA, SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 34 291,20

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 262011

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2013

Funded under:

FP7-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 496 771,37

  • EU contribution

    € 1 142 029,66

Coordinated by:

AGRI-CIENCIA CONSULTORES DE ENGENHARIA LDA

Portugal

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