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  • English
    Authors: 
    Filipe Neves dos Santos; Eugenia Maria Andrade; Vitor Moreira; Salaah Oukil; Djikdjik Abdessamaiaa; Brahim Boulebtateche; Danilo Rabino; Maria Valent; Mohamed El Gharous; Mohamed Belali;
    Country: Italy

    Mediterranean Region is a hotspot for biodiversity and also a well-known centre for the entry and dispersion of new virulent plant and animal pests which may become responsible for significant yield and quality losses. Furthermore, conservation agriculture approach in Mediterranean environments has been moderate to date and this is particularly true for the smallholders, who are prevailing in the region. This problem will be tackled by advanced and precise spraying actions. High precision spraying actions represent a societal challenge, as they mitigate the negative impact in human and animal health and in environment of the conventional techniques. The goal is to comply with the motto "the right amount on the right time and place". Increasing precision by localizing applications will reduce losses on pesticides, fertilizers and water usage, human and animal exposure and environmental residues. Innovate and automate this spraying action in Mediterranean countries is challenging due to low farmers income, farms size, lack of water availability, lack of manoeuvring space (in old crops), difficulties of communications and harsh atmospheric conditions. To cope with these challenging issues, a consortium with complementary precision farming actors was formed for PlantCareBot project, bringing together agricultural associations representatives, robotics and agricultural machinery RTD institutions, agrofood RTD institutions, and SME's. PlantCareBots solution will be a safe and autonomous high precision spraying tool, integrated into a modular unmanned tractor. It will focus on Permanent crops (Olive Groves, Fruit Trees, Vineyards) considering the Mediterranean crops constrains and opportunities. PlantCareBot will bring the TRL of the technologies involved from 3 to 5. This increment is driven by three main RTD topics: robotics; novel plant treatments; sprayer tools with Variable Rate Technology. PlantCareBot will contribute to advanced and sustainable agriculture in Mediterranean Countries, carachterized by limited access to specific farming machinery and by several hydrogeologic issues, and create new business opportunities. PlantCareBot increases the Mediterranean farming system efficiency and income that will generate better and more employment. Besides, reduces and optimises the use of scarce natural resources (water, energy, nutrients) and potentially toxic substances (synthetic pesticides, mineral fertilizers, antibiotics) in agriculture; Improves the production of Mediterranean crop by applying the products in the right place, right quantity and right moment; Reduces the soil compaction and erosion.

  • English
    Authors: 
    Filipe Neves dos Santos; Eugenia Maria Andrade; Vitor Moreira; Salaah Oukil; Djikdjik Abdessamaiaa; Brahim Boulebtateche; Danilo Rabino; Mohamed El Gharous; Mohamed Belali;
    Country: Italy

    Mediterranean Region is a hotspot for biodiversity and also a well-known centre for the entry and dispersion of new virulent plant and animal pests which may become responsible for significant yield and quality losses. This problem will be tackled by advanced and precise spraying actions. High precision spraying actions represent a societal challenge, as they mitigate the negative impact in human and animal health and in environment of the conventional techniques. The goal is to comply with the motto "the right amount on the right time and place". Increasing precision by localizing applications will reduce losses on pesticides, fertilizers and water usage, human and animal exposure and environmental residues. Innovate and automate this spraying action in Mediterranean countries is challenging due to low farmers income, farms size, lack of water availability, lack of manoeuvring space (in old crops), difficulties of communications and harsh atmospheric conditions. To cope with these challenging issues, a consortium with complementary precision farming actors was formed for PlantCareBot project, bringing together agricultural associations representatives, robotics and agricultural machinery RTD institutions, agrofood RTD institutions, and SME's. PlantCareBots solution will be a safe and autonomous high precision spraying tool, integrated into a modular unmanned tractor. It will focus on Permanent woody crops (Olive Groves, Fruit Trees, Vineyards) considering the Mediterranean crops constrains and opportunities. PlantCareBot will bring the TRL of the technologies involved from 3 to 5. This increment is driven by three main RTD topics: robotics; novel plant treatments; sprayer tools with Variable Rate Technology. PlantCareBot will contribute to advanced and sustainable agriculture in Mediterranean Countries and create new business opportunities. PlantCareBot increases the Mediterranean farming system efficiency and income that will generate better and more employment.

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    Authors: 
    Patrizia Tassinari;
    Country: Italy

    The aim of this project is to improve sustainability, animal welfare and productivity in dairy farming through the use of advanced data analytics. Livestock farms routinely produce and monitor data relating to environmental conditions, animal behaviour, and production parameters. Similarly, milk quality reports at dairies and labs are often logged for long-term analysis. The development of data-driven platforms and solutions which bring all this separate data together could be used to enhance decision-making and improve the sustainability of the agrifood system. This project will bring all this information together by developing a system which integrates and harmonises the different data types. The outcomes of this will be used by stakeholders in the dairy farming sector to improve their decision-making processes relating to sustainability, animal welfare and productivity.