OPTIMA Project: Smart equipment for the application of plant protection products to improve food quality

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The UMA is also participating in the European project Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables (OPTIMA). The aim of this project is to develop smart equipment for the application of health protection products so that they can be used safely. The resulting new technology will contribute to achieving the right distribution of plant protection products to meet crop needs, reduce the quantities that are used, improve food quality, and reduce environmental contamination risks.

This project is also funded by the H2020 European programme and involves the participation of a range of universities and European research centres, including Wageningen University (Germany), the University of Turin (Italy), and the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for the Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA) (France); associations such as European Agricultural Machinery (CEMA), the European Association of Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives (COPA-COGECA), and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA); and entities and companies such as the Association for the Promotion of Integrated Pest Management (APROGIP) of the Aragon region and Pulverizadores Fede, S.A.L.

The Agricultural Machinery Unit (UMA) is a research and technology transfer group focused on the area of agricultural machinery, with extensive experience in the technology of applying plant protection products. The group also undertakes teaching activities. The close relationship between the UMA and the main companies in the sector (machinery manufacturers, agricultural organisations, and agrochemical companies) makes it possible to organise teaching activities in which students can access the latest innovations in the sector, so that their education is perfectly adapted to current professional needs.

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