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System for forecasting and warning of biotic risks in barley, oats and rapeseed crops – SYCPE

Updated: Jan 22

Project general information:


Project: System for forecasting and warning of biotic risks in barley, oats and rapeseed crops – SYCPE


Financial support: The Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI); P2 Programme: Increase the Competitiveness of the Romanian Economy through Research, Development and Innovation; Subprogram 2.1: Competitiveness through research, development and innovation.


Project type: Transfer to the economic operator


Contract number: 112PTE/2022


Period: 2022 - 2024

 

Project


The aim of the SYCPE Project is to reduce crop losses (barley, oats, and rapeseed), due to biotic risk factors, by carrying out phytosanitary treatments only at the right time and protecting the soil and biodiversity, avoiding their excessive application, as diffuse pollution with agrochemicals which represents a threat to soil and water table.


The Project's general objective is to align with the goals of the European Commission to reduce the impact of pesticide use on the soil by developing a forecasting and early warning system with the potential for commercial exploitation as a product. The Project will bring together the competencies of Syswin Solutions in the field of IoT technology applied to precision agriculture and the competencies of the Research and Development Institute for Plant Protection.


The innovation of the SYCPE system consists of integrating risk calculation and analysis modules represented by specific pests. The alert system will be focused on the automatic elaboration of the forecast and warning bulletins, specialized on the three crops, to which are added predefined models harmonized with the national and international legislation regarding the phytosanitary treatments executed, thus ensuring the traceability of the obtained crops. The SYCPE system, through its subsequent transfer to the market as a finished product, could be an essential tool within reach of farmers.

 

Consortium


Coordinator: Syswin Solutions SRL, Romania

Partner: Research and Development Institute for Plant Protection, Romania


 

Stages

Stage 1 - Elaboration and demonstration of the functionality of the proposed new model.

30.06.2022 - 31.12.2022

Act.1.1. Development of the experimental model of the new SYCPE solution – Initiation.

 

Expected results

Evaluation of the hardware and software structure of the experimental model. ♦ Establishing the specifications of the new system. ♦ Hardware and software development of the SYCPE experimental model. ♦ Retrieval of databases and integration of mathematical models of pest growth/development. ♦ Adaptation of mathematical models related to diseases caused by specific pathogens for rapeseed, barley and oat crops. ♦ Adaptation of mathematical models related to the stages of development of harmful insects in rapeseed, barley and oat crops. ♦ Adaptation of mathematical models for forecasting BBCH stages related to rapeseed, barley and oat crops. ♦ Integration of 15 mathematical forecasting and warning models (9 diseases, 3 pests and BBCH stage of the three crops). ♦ Full definition of the processes that will be carried out at the level of data acquisition.


Achieved results

All undertaken activities have been completed.

 

Stage 2 – Functionality demonstration and realization of the new SYCPE product in an industrial environment.

01.01.2023 – 31.12.2023

Act.2.1. Completion of the development of the experimental model and Demonstration of the functionality and validation in laboratory conditions of the proposed model.

Act.2.2. Development of the initial reference (specification – initial version).

Act.2.3. Dissemination of industrial research results.

Act.2.4. Realization of the SYCPE prototype – Initiation.

Act.2.5. Initiation of industrial experimentation of the SYCPE prototype.

 

Expected results


Completion of the experimental model. ♦ Testing the hardware and software components of the experimental model and the application of mathematical models in laboratory conditions. ♦ Generating and applying test scenarios for hardware and software modules. ♦ Software integration of mathematical models developed and adapted by ICDPP. ♦ Generation of specific tests on a database of experimental information owned by the company. ♦ Validation of the experimental model. ♦ Elaboration of the reference for the hardware and software components of the SYCPE prototip. ♦ Elaboration of the reference for the mathematical modeling modules. ♦ Realization of the hardware and software components of the SYCPE prototype. ♦ Prototype testing and demonstration. ♦ Monitoring of experimental data from sensors; analysis and interpretation of measured data. ♦ Writing a Scientific paper.

Achieved results


All undertaken activities have been completed. The scientific paper „Determining method for the phenological stage of spring established crops of Hordeum vulgare L., Hordeum distichon L., and Avena sativa L., by using atmospheric temperature”, by the authors Viorel Fătu, Carmen-Mihaela Botea, Roxana Zaharia, Cristina Fătu, Răzvan Ungurelu, Gaudențiu Vărzaru, Roxana Tulea, was accepted to publish in the ISB-INMA TEH Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering.

 

Stage 3 – Testing and validation of the new SYCPE product in an industrial environment.

01.01.2024 – 20.06.2024

Act.3.1. Completion of prototype manufacturing and testing. Demonstration and industrial validation of the SYCPE prototype.

Act.3.2. Development of the SYCPE manual for market application preparation.

Act.3.3. Innovation activities and support activities – Protection of intellectual property rights. Filing a patent application.

Act.3.4. Dissemination of experimental development results.

 

Expected results


Completion of the testing and validation of the new SYCPE product in the industrial environment ♦

Assuring and surveilling of the communication system of the prototype ♦ Monitoring of the

experimental data from the sensors ♦ Analysis and interpretation of the measured data and

comparison with the defined reference ♦ Demonstration of the prototype in industrial conditions

(TRL6) ♦ Development of the manual for the hardware and software components of SYCPE ♦

Elaboration of the manual for the reference data of SYCPE ♦ Writing and submitting the patent

application ♦ Writing a scientific article ♦ Other dissemination activities: participation in an event,

project’s website, roll-up, flyers.


Achieved results


Ongoing project.


 

Dissemination

Informing the public about the start of the SYCPE Project, the proposed solutions, and the target

users was made on the occasion of the scientific event "Digitalization of plant protection - challenges and perspectives in Romania" organized by the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences "Gheorghe Ionescu - Şișești" – Field Plant Culture Section on September 22, 2022, Bucharest.

 

August 30 – September 3, 2023, FarmConnect Romania, Slobozia


During the second edition of the FarmConect Romania Fair, which was hosted by the Municipality of Slobozia, the SYCPE Project was presented to the participants by the partner Institute for Research - Development for Plant Protection. In front of the thematic Roll-up the objectives of the project and the expected benefits were presented by PhD. candidate Viorel Fătu to the visitors, among whom we were also honored by the presence of the vice-president Dr. Eng. Aurel Florentin Badiu of the "Gheorghe Ionescu Şișești" Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences.




 

September 7 - 10, 2023, Agroalim, Arad


Syswin Solutions participated in Agroalim, the largest profile exhibition in western Romania and one of the most important at the national level, with a stand where the SYCPE Project was presented to visitors. PhD. candidate Eng. Răzvan Ungurelu, the Project Director, presented the economic benefits for farmers as well as the beneficial consequences for the environment in the case of the implementation of such systems.




 

October 5 - 6, 2023, International Symposium ISB-INMA TEH 2023, Bucharest


A paper with the title "Determining method for the phenological stage of spring established crops of Hordeum vulgare L., Hordeum distichon L. and Avena sativa L. by using atmospheric temperature" was presented during the Poster session at the International Symposium ISB-INMA TEH 2023, which took place within the National University of Science and Technology Politehnica, Bucharest. The work was supported by PhD. candidate Eng. Viorel Fătu, Project Manager from the partner Institute for Research and Development for Plant Protection.



 

November 16, 2023, Annual Session of Scientific Communications of the Research & Development Institute for Plant Protection, ICDPP Bucharest

During the Session hosted by the Aula Magna of the Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (ASAS) PhD. candidate Eng. Viorel Fătu, Project Manager from the partner ICDPP, gave a presentation entitled System for forecasting and warning of biotic risks in barley, oats and rapeseed crops. In addition to the Purpose and objectives of the SYCPE Project, the Results and Conclusions obtained during the two stages carried out so far were presented.



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