Project: Innovative ICT tools for targeted monitoring and sustainable management of the brown marmorated stink bug and other pests

Acronym HALY.ID (Reference Number: 862671)
Duration 01/02/2021 - 31/01/2024
Project Topic ChallengThe Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Halyomorpha halys (HH) is an emerging pest of global importance for many agricultural crops. Field monitoring is crucial to obtain information on the actual presence and abundance of HH in order to organize timely and proper management actions, also because chemical control is proved to be unsatisfactory. Driven by the quest of improving sustainability, we propose an autonomous field-monitoring system and an autonomous fruit-monitoring system to replace common human-based field monitoring of HH and detect the internally damaged fruits invisible to the naked-eye. This system is based on data collection and processing with new emerging technologies (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Vision sensors, spectroscopy, Edge Computing, LPWAN Communications, NIR-HSI, microwave/THz) enhanced by Algorithmic and Machine Learning techniques. The innovations achieved by this project will become the foundations for similar monitoring systems for other insect pests (e.g., the carrot fly and many more). A third-party trusted logbook of the leaded activities will be implemented, which will be also an independent outcome of the project. By integrating multidisciplinary competences, the project will empower farmers, advisors, and phytosanitary personnel for obtaining a reliable monitoring system that saves time, energy, and costs allowing to control the pest in a timely manner, reducing the number of treatments towards increasing sustainability of agroecosystem management. The end-consumers will benefit from a higher quality marketable fruit, and larger transparency on the fruit-production chain. The project will increase scientific knowledge posing the basis of an epidemiological model for HH. Open data will be made available via cloud repository to the scientific community.
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Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Università di Perugia Coordinator Italy
2 Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia Partner Italy
3 Technische Universität Braunschweig Partner Germany
4 Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork Partner Ireland
5 University of Western Macedonia Partner Greece
6 University Polytecnica of Bucharest Partner Romania
7 One Planet Research Center, Imec Partner Netherlands