OPTIMA DSS is a tool developed under OPTIMA project, an H2020 Research Programme (Grant Agreement 773718-2) that indicates the potential infection risk for 3 main fungal diseases (downy mildew, alternaria leaf blight, and apple scab) infecting vineyards, carrot cultivations and apple orchards across EU.
The DSS provides users with a 5-day prediction of disease outbreak based on meteorological data, which is presented in a colored map, based on the risk level. Thus, producers and other stakeholders operating in the agricultural production sector can freely access this early prediction system, and consequently organize the agricultural applications such as spraying applications for their cultivations. This tool enables fast decision-taking that leads to reduced qualitative and quantitative product degradation and yield loss that may derive by severe disease outburst. The additional benefits are the reduced and more cost-effective use of PPPs, the lower residues and the reduced environmental and human health impacts that derive from the over-use of PPPs during spraying applications that may not be needed or/and effective.
As a result, this holistic approach enhances the integration and application of precise spraying.