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The Power of OPTIMA

The Project “Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables” (OPTIMA) will develop an environmentally friendly IPM framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach which includes all critical aspects related to integrated disease management, such as i) novel bio-PPPs use, ii) disease prediction models, iii) spectral early disease detection systems and iv) precision spraying techniques. It 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. 

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Typical vineyard in France

Objective 1

Optimize plant disease prediction models and develop advanced early disease detection methods.

Objective 2

Evaluate and screen biological and synthetic PPPs and assess plant and pathogen resistance mechanisms for successful disease control.

Objective 3

Enhance and develop innovative precision spraying technologies.

Objective 4

Test and evaluate the proposed new IPM elements under field conditions.

Objective 5

Assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts and risks of the proposed IPM system.

THE OBJECTIVES

5 Main Objectives
Optimize plant disease prediction models and develop advanced early disease detection methods.
Evaluate and screen biological and synthetic PPPs and assess plant and pathogen resistance mechanisms for successful disease control.
Enhance and develop innovative precision spraying technologies.
Test and evaluate the proposed new IPM elements under field conditions.
Assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts and risks of the proposed IPM system.

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