In classical horticulture systems, the “all chemical” plant protection strategy exhibits significant inefficiencies because of the reduction in available active ingredients, and the increase in pest resistance phenomena. Moreover, pesticides are known to have significant adverse effects on non-target organisms (like natural or introduced beneficials and pollinators) generally used in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies, and also on human health. Indeed, IPM is clearly identified as an environmental friendly method that can satisfy pesticides use reduction targets for a sustainable agriculture.
However, the multiple interactions between pests, beneficials and crop reveal that the greenhouse agroecosystem is much more complex than envisaged so far. The only way to obtain robust and reliable IPM strategies relies on the development of advanced tools for risks monitoring and assistance in decision-making.
SmartIPM aims at developing a DSS tool for tactic and operational decision-making for the greenhouse horticulture cropping system, and include the development of sampling, decision support and training modules.
The SmartIPM project targets plant protection advisory services and farmers. It fills the gap among all players of horticulture, namely research, experimentation, development and crop production; by creating two-way links: downwards, through the provision of tools and methods from research and, upwards by the information feedback from the field.