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The VitiGEOSS project was represented during the 22nd GiESCO Conference (Group of International Experts for Cooperation on Vitivinicultural Systems) taking place from 17th – 20th of July at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Boris Basile, associate professor at the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Naples Federico II, and Fernando Alves, R&D Viticulture Manager at Symington Family Estates, attended the event presenting VitiGEOSS as a key European project working for a greater sustainability and optimisation in wine operations.

In addition, during the conference, a total of 4 posters based on VitiGEOSS research were presented, introducing the main results and achievements of the project.

The poster entitled “Vineyard innovative tools based on the integration of Earth Observation Services and in-field sensors”, introduced the general overview of VitiGEOSS including information about the project’s solution for wine producers to boost vineyards’ sustainability and the five services offered by the VitiGEOSS platform.

Secondly, the poster “Use of Artificial Intelligence for the prediction of microbial diseases of grapevine and optimization of fungicide application”, presented some results of the three cases studies of wine production carried out in Quinta do Bomfim (Portugal), L’Aranyó (Spain) and Mirabella Eclano (Italy). The studies indicate that implementing AI models for disease prediction can optimize fungicide application, resulting in an average decrease of 20% in the number of applications and water and allowing growers to apply fungicides only when necessary, reducing environmental impact and resource water.

On the other hand, partners presented the poster “VitiGEOSS Business Service: Task scheduling optimisation in vineyards”, focused on the project’s Business Service offering a scheduling optimizer module of the VitiGEOSS platform to support vineyard managers in organising their work forces and minimizing costs.

Finally, partners showcased the poster “Deep learning based model for grapevine phenology”, which introduces some results obtained by the use of satellite remote sensing for phenology monitoring showing a great potential to revolutionize the grape-growing industry and helping growers to adapt to the challenges of climate change.

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