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SmartProtect and IPM

Learn about Smart agriculture for innovative vegetable crop protection and about the 163 techniques have been selected  by the SmartProtect consortium during the benchmarking phases of the project.

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IPM means the careful consideration of all available plant protection methods and the subsequent integration of appropriate measures that discourage populations of harmful organisms from developing, and keep the use of plant protection products and other forms of intervention to levels that are economically and ecologically justified, while minimising risks to human health and the environment.

To reduce this gap the 15 European partners of the SmartProtect EU project are collaborating over three years to assimilate and disseminate knowledge to farmers and advisors. SmartProtect is first and foremost a network in which we collect and share knowledge about SMART IPM (innovative, techniques across borders). The programme considers the specific regional needs of vegetable farmers across Europe.


During the life of the project, 163 techniques have been selected during the benchmarking phases.  These entries were categorised and sorted as follows:

  • Application techniques – Sprayers - 14
  • Application techniques - Spraying drones - 9
  • Application techniques   - UV Systems - 8
  • Application techniques   - Beneficial’s distribution - 9
  • Decision support techniques - Decision support - 23
  • Diagnosing and detection techniques – ELISA/RNA/DNA – 9
  • Diagnosing and detections techniques - Detections apps - 10
  • Monitoring techniques – Crop monitoring - 13
  • Monitoring techniques - Insect monitoring -12

For benchmarking to be effective there needs to be several examples in each category, ideally 10 or more. Some of the techniques could not be included in a group, so although included in the database, they will not be benchmarked.

To know more read the full article of Open Access Government written by the Project Coordinator Sabine Pollet Research leader, Outdoor vegetables  



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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 862563.


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