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NOVATERRA - Integrated novel strategies for reducing the use and impact of pesticides. Towards sustainable Mediterranean vineyards and olive groves

Project Type
Internac / Pub
Financial Program
Horizon 2020
Funding Value
4884346.35 €
IPB Funding Value
282500.00 €
Research Project
Principal Investigator
José Alberto Cardoso Pereira
The DIRECTIVE 2009/EC ON THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF PESTICIDES gives directions for attaining the sustainable use of pesticides in the EU. The objective is to minimize risks and impacts for the environment and human health by promoting alternative strategies. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is one of the cornerstones of the Directive. NOVATERRA aims to reduce the use and negative impacts of CONTENTIOUS PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS (PPP) for integrated pest, diseases and weed management in the two main Mediterranean crops in Europe: grapevines and olives. NOVATERRA will develops a pool of novel, integrated and sustainable strategies, technically and economically viable, resulting from three different approaches: a) To develop novel combinations of ALTERNATIVE, non-synthetic PRODUCTS and biological control techniques for plant protection, b) To optimize the application and dosage of PPP through SMART FARMING technologies and c) To mitigate the appearance of pest and diseases through the use of new SOIL MANAGEMENT strategies. Those approaches will be evaluated and validated in a combination of integrated solutions for updating and improving IPM strategies. Indicators for measuring the impact of crop management and protection on human health, air, water, soil, biodiversity, energy will be implemented. Further analysis will be done in terms of economic cost-benefits for farmers to adopt the different techniques and farmers and consumers` willingness to pay. The consortium composition will guarantee a multi-actor approach with contributions coming from research institutions, growers, technological SMEs, auxiliary industry and relevant associations. Finally, the exploitation Plan together with the Communication and Dissemination Plan will ensure the outreach of results among the stakeholders in the European farming sector. NOVATERRA outputs will also be key for further discussion with policymakers in terms of EU plant heath policies and risk assessment around PPPs usage.

Project Team

Project Partners

  • Agricultural and Envitonmental Solutions (AGENSO)
  • Agricultural University of Athens(AUA)
  • Associação dos Produtores em Protecção Integrada de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (APPITAD), Portugal
  • Bodegas Terras Gauda, S.A. (TERRAS GAUDA), Spain
  • Consorzio Olivicolo Italiano (UNAPROL), Italia
  • CORTEVA, France
  • HORTA S.R.L., Italy
  • Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Spain
  • Institut Français de la Vigne et du Vin (IFV), France
  • Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC-TEC), Portugal
  • Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB), Portugal
  • MYROLION, Greece
  • Plataforma Tecnológica del Vino (PTV), Spain
  • SOGRAPE Vinhos S.A. (SOGRAPE), Portugal
  • Universidad de Burgos (UBU), Spain
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UNICATTUNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE (UNICATT), Italy
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain
  • VITAGORA, France