On July 7th, AGREMSOIL took part in the 1st workshop on clustering activities of PestNu’s sister Projects co-organized by the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) and the Information Technologies Institute (ITI). During the event, speeches, presentations & posters of the relevant EU research projects, discussions on strategies concerning the Green Deal objectives, as well as round tables for broadening policy context took place.
Fulgencio Contreras (IMIDA) presented an overview of the project and the activities and results up to date and participated in the Round Table related to ‘Pesticides free agriculture & Organic Farming’ together with representatives from other European Projects (PestNu, Organic PLUS, CasH, FoodOASIS, NeoGiant, Algae4Fuel&Aqua, VIRTIGATION, NOVATERRA, SPEL and BPI).
PestNu Project targets the field -testing and demonstration of digital and space based technologies (DST) and agro-ecological and organic practices (AOP) under a systemic approach to reduce the pesticides and fertilisers use, and loss of nutrients. It aims to revolutionize novel, digital and space-based technologies (DST) with agro-ecological and organic practices (AOP) in a systemic approach which can be applied in novel circular economy food production, such as aquaponics, as well as in hydroponic greenhouses and open-field vegetable cultivation for reducing the dependence on hazardous pesticides; reducing the losses of nutrients from fertilisers, towards zero pollution of water, soil and air and ultimately fertiliser use. The PestNu consortium consists of 20 partners from 9 EU countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, UK). It includes 2 Industries, 10 SMEs, 5 NGOs & Agricultural, Environmental &Food Associations, 1 University and 2 Research Centers.
Link to the PestNu Project: https://pestnu.eu/
As a result of the participation in this event, the Benaki Phytopathological Institute has contacted the LIFE AgRemSo3il project to assess possible future collaborations. Benaki Phytopathological Institute was the first Greek research institute to have a broad scientific basis in plant health and plant protection. The Institute has earned itself a reputation as a guardian of quality, safety and sustainable development in agriculture.