Since the Green Revolution in the 1950s and 60s, crop production in Europe and around the world has largely relied on plant protection products also known as PPPs (chemical fertilizers and pesticides), irrigation and mechanization methods. As the population increases, one of the largest challenges facing humanity is ensuring food security and healthy food access while also maintaining a sustainable environment, including no further land increase for agricultural usage.
NOVATERRA aims to create a more holistic approach to future farming. Using precision farming, new natural protection products and soil management strategies the project aims to reduce environmental pollution and reduce damage to non-target organisms as well as better economic sustainability for Mediterranean farmers. This practical and integrative approach is based on a series of multivariate case studies which will explore the use of biopesticides adjuvants and formulations, smart farming techniques, robotics, alongside novel soil management and functional biodiversity.
At the same time, the project aims to gather the insights from industry stakeholders and to use these stakeholders to maximize the adoption of all successful solutions obtained from the case studies.
Τhe project will develop and test a pool of novel, integrated and sustainable strategies to eliminate or significantly reduce the use and negative impacts of contentious Plant Protection Products (also known as pesticides). To meet this goal, the project will complete a series of case studies in Mediterranean olive groves and vineyards. The project will also liaise with a variety of stakeholders through the Stakeholders Network, which will involve not only farmers but also other relevant agents such policymakers, experts, associations of olive oil and wine producers, auxiliary industries, and citizens. The stakeholders shall participate in the initial diagnosis, participate in focus group meetings and workshops and other exploitation activities and provide specific consulting advice.
NOVATERRA’s new efficient strategies will be derived from the integration of three key approaches:
- the use of alternative and natural protection products (biopesticides, biocontrol and innovative adjuvants and formulations);
- the use of a smart farming platform for a more precise application of the protection products;
- the testing of new soil management, functional biodiversity strategies and weed management robotics for a greater crop health with less chemicals.
AGENSO is developing an advanced Decision Support System (DSS) for disease and pest monitoring and control in Olives and Vineyards, as well as a smart platform for a holistic spray application process.
Biological controlWith novel combinations of alternative, non-synthetic products for plant protection
Smart SprayingOptimization of the application and dosage of PPP through the use of smart farming technologies
Soil managementMitigation of the incidence of pests and diseases through usage of new soil management strategies in vineyards and olive groves
Pest Management (IPM) strategiesTesting and validation of a combination of integrated solutions for updating and improving IPM strategies
NOVATERRA Main Tasks
AGENSO is developing an advanced Decision Support System (DSS) for disease and pest monitoring and control in Olives and Vineyards. This DSS for monitoring and predicting main diseases and pests in vineyards and olive groves will be developed taking into account: i) spatial and temporal image data of healthy and diseased plants and ii) epidemiology models for the prediction of diseases infection or pests development.
AGENSO is developing a smart platform for a holistic spray application process. In this way, spraying applications become more efficient and environmental and human friendly.
AGENSO will coordinate the cases of study in olive groves in Greece for the development of the advanced Decision Support System (DSS).
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