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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-00900

AcronymBLIGHTFIGHT

Proposal titleAn European spraying advisory system for the potato diseasecontrol by using

geo-information

AbstractPotato late blight (Phytophthora) causes significant losses amongst the European potato

growers. To win the battle against this very infectious disease, potato growers use

significant amounts of fungicides as a precautionary measure. From an environmental and

economical point of view it is important to optimize spraying activities. DACOM has set

up a spraying advisory service to farmers through internet services; the PlantPlus system.

On the basis of weather information, the presence of infection sources, etc the farmers are

advised when to spray. In support of the control of Phytophthora disease there is clear

need of additional spatial related information to improve, support and extend the spraying

service. We propose to formulate a RTD proposal how the current spraying advisory

service can take advantage of the expertise in the field of earth observation, GIS and

Internet providing services in the end to develop an improved spatial prototype of the

system.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorIng. Peter RAATJESCompany sizeS3

DACOM AUTOMATISERING BV

Waanderweg 68

PO Box 2243

NL-7801 CE - Emmen

The Netherlands

Phone: 31591632474

Fax: 31591632473

Email: pr@dacom.nl

Internet: www.dacom.nl

SME Proposer(s)

DMA CROP CONSULTANTSUnited KingdomS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities

CommentsSpecial attention shall be paid to search for partners in the field of applied research for crop

growth modelling and for profit/non-profit user groups, particulalry in Poland as upcoming

EU country.

Last update18/6/2001

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