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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01289

AcronymMITES EXTRACTION

Proposal titleDevelopment of an accurate mites counting and extraction machine ; a monitoring

and testing device for the agricultural sector.

AbstractMitox (the Netherlands) and Impactest (Portugal), two biotech companies, propose to

develop a mite extraction and counting machine. The R&D partners are the University of

Amsterdam and machine developerSchachtner (Germany). Mile faunas are used: (1) for

ecotoxicological tests on new types of plant protection products (pesticides). These tests are

mandatory before new plant protection products are allowed on the European market.

(2) in agriculture to indicate whether to use pesticides for crop protection. This equipment

automates the manual counting and extraction of miles enabling accurate and more

simplified testing. The increased accuracy will lower the level ior a statistically significant

mile detection from 40% to a 25% reduction in non-targeted mite faunas. This would

comply with European Communitydirectives, as opposed to the existing manual

techniques. More accurate testing techniques will reduce the use of pesticides in agriculture,

leading to a cleaner environment. The project fits in Theme 1 of the Fifth Framework:

'Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources' The project specifically complies with

Key Action 5 'Sustainable Agriculture' (plant health).

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

Start date20/11/2000End date20/11/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase5 months

SME CoordinatorDr. FRANK BAKKERCompany sizeS3

MITOX STICHTING BEVORDERING DUURZAME PLAAGBESTRIJDING

KRUISLAAN 320

PO Box 92260

1098 SM - AMSTERDAM

The Netherlands

Phone: 31205257744

Fax: 31205257704

Email: bakker@bio.uva.nl

SME Proposer(s)

IMPACTEST LTDAPortugalS1

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities

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