Novaterra

NOVATERRA (Integrated novel strategies for reducing the use and impact of pesticides, towards sustainable Mediterranean vineyards and olive groves)

NOVATERRA aims to reduce the use and negative impacts of CONTENTIOUS PLANT PROTECTION PRODUCTS (PPP) for integrated pest, disease, and weed management in the two main Mediterranean crops in Europe: grapevines and olives.

NOVATERRA will develop 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 analyses will be done in terms of economic cost-benefit 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 health policies and risk assessment around PPPs usage.

Duration: October 1 20120- September 30 2024

Project website: cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214742_en.html

Coordinator: IRTA – Spain

Country Partner
Spain INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES – Coordinator
Belgium EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT NETWORK
France VITAGORA POLE
France DOW AGROSCIENCES
France EUROPEAN BUSINESS SUMMIT NETWORK
Greece AGRICULTURAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS
Greece GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
Greece DEMESLIS ATHANASIOS
Italy UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy HORTA SRL
Italy UNAPROL – CONSORZIO OLIVICOLO ITALIANO SOCIETA’ CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Portugal SOGRAPE VINHOS SA
Portugal INSTITUTO POLITECNICO DE BRAGANCA
Portugal INESC TEC – INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIADE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES, TECNOLOGIA E CIENCIA
Portugal APPITAD – ASSOCIACAO DOS PRODUTORES EM PROTECAO INTEGRADA DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
Spain UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain BODEGAS TERRAS GAUDA SA
Spain ASOCIACION PLATAFORMA TECNOLOGICA DEL VINO DE ESPANA
Spain UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS

CREDA’s Role

CREDA will be responsible for evaluating the stakeholders’ acceptance of different alternatives to contentious plant protection products in vineyard and olive grove.  Besides will perform the cost-benefit assessment for the proposed alternative technologies to contentious plant protection products in vineyard and olive grove

CREDA’s task aims at evaluating consumers’ willingness to pay (WTP) and analyzing their purchase intention for products (wine and olive oil) obtained with either control management of the disease or with promising treatment products identified in the project.

News & Updates

Launching NOVATERRA:

A new European research project, with the participation of CREDA, wants to reduce the negative impact of pesticides on vineyards and olive groves in the Mediterranean.

Read the complete press release here.

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