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2408, 2023

Deep learning based models for grapevine phenology

The phenological evolution is a crucial aspect of grapevine growth and development. Accurate detection of phenological stages can improve vineyard management, leading to better crop yield and quality traits. However, traditional methods of phenological tracking such as on-site observations are time-consuming and labour-intensive. This work proposes a scalable data-driven method to automatically detect key phenological stages of grapevines using satellite data.

2408, 2023

Use of artificial intelligence for the prediction of microbial diseases of grapevine and optimisation of fungicide application

Plasmopara viticola, the causal agent of downy mildew (DM), and Uncinula necator, the causal agent of powdery mildew (PM), are two of the main phytopathogenic microorganisms causing major economic losses in the primary sector, especially in the wine sector, by wilting bunches and leaves with a consequent decrease in the photosynthetic rate of the plant and in the annual yield. Currently, the most widespread methods for planning spraying are based on the 3-10 rule, which states that the first application should take place when: (i) the air temperature is greater than 10°C; (ii) shoots are equal or greater than 10 cm; and (iii) a minimum of 10 mm rainfall within 24–48 hours has occurred, or at the beginning of the bud break with periodic applications according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

2408, 2023

VITIGEOSS Business Service: Task scheduling optimization in vineyards

Agriculture plantations are complex systems whose performance critically depends on the execution of several types of tasks with precise timing and efficiency to respond to different external factors. This is particularly true for orchards like vineyards, which need to be strictly monitored and regulated, as they are sensitive to diverse types of pests, and climate conditions. In these environments, managing and optimally scheduling the available work force and resources is not trivial and is usually done by teams of senior managers based on their experience.

Past events

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.

Fernando Alves and Joana Valente, VitiGEOSS partners from Symington Family Estates participated in the second edition of the Douro Somm Camp, an event part of Symington’s School of Port educational platform, celebrated from 3rd – 6th of July in the Douro Valley region (Portugal).

The VitiGEOSS project was represented during the 2nd Clustering event “Solutions to support the current and future needs of CAP monitoring and agriculture sustainability”, organised virtually by the ENVISION project last 30th of June.

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