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Smartprotect EU project and SporSenz

Read about an in-field sensor for plant diseases in soil and water 


AREFLH is a partner of SmartProtect project, SMART agriculture for innovative vegetable crop PROTECTion: harnessing advanced methodologies and technologies. The project chose SporSenz to feature on its platform of tools that are available on the market.

In modern vegetable production systems, the in time detection of phytopathogenic microorganisms is particularly important for the effective treatment, if one wants to avoid damage to production. In the case of fungi, early detection can be followed by the applications of plant protection products, while in the case of viruses and bacteria, detection is followed by removal of the infected plant. 


With this into consideration, FungiAlert has designed the Sporsenz system, which detects fungal spores in the field. It is a small device that is placed on the soil of the crop or field that is destined to be controlled.  

The spores of the soil bearing fungi are transferred to the special surface of the device, and then the device is sent to the laboratories of FungiAlert, where the spores are analyzed and the fungal population is identified. It is thus possible to study population variation but also to detect harmful fungi for crops. The Sporsenz system can offer detection in both hydroponic systems and irrigation systems.  


The results are sent to the producer via email, in order to organize the necessary actions and the proper disease management to ensure its production. 


  • Farm scale type: Big scale, small scale  
  •  Application ranges: Funghi 
  •  Crops Used: All range of crops    
  • Production Systems: Greenhouse, Open Field 


Read more on this technology on the SmartProtect Platform  


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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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