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Current projects

Optimization of integrated pest management in perennial crops and vegetables

The UMA participates in the OPTIMA project (Optimized Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables) within the European program H2020. The objective is to develop intelligent equipment for the application of phytosanitary products to achieve a safe use of the pesticides. The new technology that results will contribute to make an adequate distribution of phytosanitary products in the needs of crops and decrease the quantities used, improving the quality of the food produced and reducing the risks of environmental contamination.

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Characterization and mapping of the vegetation for the determination of the optimum volume

This project consists in the taking of measurements of the canopies in vineyards using different techniques, such as ultrasonic sensors coupled to the equipment or drone technology, and the processing of the data that allow the complete characterization of the crop and the obtaining of vegetation maps. The final objective is the determination of the optimum volume of application of phytosanitary products according to the characteristics of the vineyards. This project has had the financial support of the Department of Agriculture of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the participation of AgroMapping, as well as the collaboration of other companies such as Bodegas Torres, Estel and Topcon.

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Study of different nozzles and the air flow in an air-blast sprayer

Assays are being made to deepen the knowledge about the use of nozzles and the air flow. For this, a certain number of tests are being done combining the characteristics of several nozzles from Lechler in certain working conditions. In this study, we count on the collaboration of Aams-Salvarani, for the data collection, and Fede's sprayers by means of an air-blast sparyer for the tests.

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Evaluation of the biological efficacy of different nozzles in cereals application

Various field experiments are being conducted with Syngenta to evaluate the biological effectiveness of different types of nozzles using hydraulic boom sprayers. These trials also compare the nozzles that the local farmer traditionally uses to other models. These tests are being carried out in wheat and rice crops.

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Comparison of different product application technologies in vineyards

We are working with Bayer to observe the differences between different types of machines for the application of pesticides and, within these, between the effect of the different application volumes. For this, field tests have been done on product distribution in the canopy and covering on the vegetable surface. This work has also had the collaboration of Hardi and Matabi.

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