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With the growing population and climate change, agricultural productivity growth is unlikely to meet the increased demand for food. Besides the increasing pressure to produce more, there is an overall need for higher quality and sustainable cultivation. Precision agriculture combined with intelligent robotic technologies can push to that direction. The main scope of BACCHUS project is to provide an autonomous robotic ecosystem utilising different types of mobile platforms for intelligent inspection and selective harvesting of high value crops.
BIOBESTicide (BIO-Based pESTicides production for sustainable agriculture management plan) is a European project funded by the H2020 – BBI JU programme. With a consortium of 10 partners from all over Europe and a duration of 3 years, the project will validate and demonstrate the production of an effective and cost-efficient biopesticide.
CURE-FX Project aims to establish a multidisciplinary research program to answer the urgent need to improve prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf). The objectives of CURE-XF are: to exchange the scientific capacities and novelties among the European Countries as well as between EU and third countries, in particular sensitive neighbor countries; to strengthen the knowledge and the know-how on Xf in third countries having intense exchange of plant material with Europe; and to raise awareness in relation to Xf impacts and risks upon its establishment.
Agriculture has to face the great challenge of balancing the demand for high productivity, imposed by the global increase of human population, with environmental impacts and social acceptability of new production strategies. EcoStack will develop ecologically, economically and socially sustainable crop production strategies via stacking of biodiversity service providers and bio-inspired tools for crop protection, within and around agricultural fields, in order enhance sustainability of food production systems across Europe.
FF - IPM
FF-IPM, In-silico boosted, pest prevention, and off-season focused IPM against new and emerging fruit flies, is an EU funded project approved as a response to a call within the H2020 program. FF-IPM targets three levels of prevention and mitigation: developing tools and databases that can reliably predict where and when invasive pests are likely to enter Europe; designing rapid detection and identification means; creating a management toolkit that would lead to suppression of any pest organism, should it become established, at acceptable levels. As such FF-IPM aims to provide a comprehensive strategy targeting different stages of the invasion and establishment process of selected emerging (existing) and new (invasive) frugivorous fruit flies, thus protecting the European horticulture and trade from the current and imminent threats posed.
Implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to tackle pests, weeds and diseases can be a real challenge for farmers and advisors. Decision Support Systems (DSS) can assist on-farm decisions to implement IPM. The IPM Decisions project will create an online platform that is easy to use for the monitoring and management of pests. The platform will be available across the EU with DSS, data, tools and resources tailored to individual regions.
The objective of IPMWORKS is to promote the adoption of IPM strategies, based on a EU-wide network of farmers, who will both progress further in the adoption of IPM – through peer-to-peer learning and joint efforts – and demonstrate to other farmers that holistic IPM “works”; i.e. allows a low reliance on pesticides with better pest control, reduced costs and enhanced profitability. IPMWORKS will coordinate existing networks promoting IPM and launch new hubs of farms in regions or sectors where IPM pioneers are not yet engaged in a relevant network.
The Project OPTIMA will develop an environmentally friendly IPM framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach. The project 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.
PestNu aims to revolutionize novel, digital and space-based technologies (DST) with agro-ecological and organic practices (AOP) in a systemic approach which can be applied in novel circular economy food production, such as aquaponics, as well as in hydroponic greenhouses and open-field vegetable cultivation for reducing the dependence on hazardous pesticides; reducing the losses of nutrients from fertilisers, towards zero pollution of water, soil and air and ultimately fertiliser use.
SmartProtect project intends to develop a thematic network offering advanced farming technology and data analysis, by identifying the needs of farmers and purpose methodologies for daily practices based on smart IPM. Through its e-platform, knowledge for vegetable crops related to IPM is gathered, shared, managed and distributed. It benchmarks the highest innovation model for SMART IPM, providing farmers with easily accessible and understandable material, guidelines and support systems for vegetable cropping.
Farmers rely on Plant Protection Products (PPPs) to maximise their yields. However, some PPPs are potentially harmful to environmental, plant, animal and human health. Data on the risks and impacts associated with PPPs’ is, at present, scarces and fragmented. There is a need to deliver an integrated approach to fill this research gap. SPRINT aims to develop a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox to assess impacts of PPPs on ecosystem, crop, livestock and human (EPAH) health.The project will also accelerate the transition towards more sustainable PPP use.
Among the most acute challenges that many producers of fruit and vegetable crops currently face are a subset of arthropod pest species that are extremely difficult to control (the “super pests”). These issues have been caused, in part, by the over reliance on synthetic insecticides and novel methods of control are urgently required. The SuperPests project aims to meet this need by developing and evaluating a suite of innovative products, tools and concepts, and integrating these with existing approaches in data driven Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs.
VitiGEOSS vineyard management solution aims to empower the usage of European Open Earth Observation services to improve the efficiency of vineyards thanks to accurate mapping, novel production indicators, image and time series processing and accurate and improved forecasting. The main scope of the project is to deploy an innovative commercial information solution to optimise sustainable grapevine cultivation via decision support systems (DSS) on phenology, irrigation, fertilisation, disease and business and sustainability management.