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Commercialization of an Automated Monitoring and Control System against the Olive and Med Fruit Flies of the Mediterranean Region

About the project

Environmentally effective control of key-pests for olive, peach and citrus crops is of paramount socio-economic importance for the Mediterranean region. This requires effective e-monitoring and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) ground spraying control e-solutions based on technological innovations. The former FruitFlyNet project, funded under the 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Med Programme,  introduced a Location Aware System (LAS) which has been tested, evaluated, and demonstrated in small-scale crop areas, with very promising results, although they are fragmented and not marketed yet. FruitFlyNet-ii project aims to develop a complete package solution for the farmers to e-monitor the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae) and the medfly (Ceratitis capitata) pests. The final LAS solution provides two prototypes, namely, the OliveFlyNet and the MedFlyNet, consisting of two e-traps, one per pest examined and a set of e-services. The two LAS prototypes will be optimized by the inputs of living labs, which include startups, specialized SMEs, IPM industry and other stakeholders. They will demonstrate their performance and functionality in 8 large-scale, olive, peach, and citrus crop sites. Better optimization of targeted market establishment and operation of start-ups will lead to a co-patented product and will prepare the LAS prototypes for commercialization.

Key information

Commercialization of an Automated Monitoring and Control System against the Olive and Med Fruit Flies of the Mediterranean Region
A.2 Support to education, research, technological development and innovation
A.2.1 Technological transfer and commercialisation of research results
Greece, Spain, Italy, Lebanon, Tunisia

Financial data

3.6 million
Total budget
3.2 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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To facilitate cleantech sharing between research Institutions and SMEs against specific pests in the Mediterranean region basin, by commercializing two prototypes, each with a set of e-services for effective e-monitoring and ground spray control

What will be improved?

The project will develop an innovative e-solution by integrating for the first time, the automatic real-time field data acquisition, the innovative e-trap, the spraying, the e-guidance, and the traceability. New products/e-services will be added to cover the needs for the control of similar pests, such as fruit flies and moths on many crops. The involved regions share a range of variable crops, climatic and cropping characteristics and Integrated Pest Management strategies. LAS will have a significant impact in all countries involved and will offer clear economic benefits in the monitoring, control, fast decision-making.

Who will benefit?

  • 1,000 farmers in olive, peaches and citrus cultivation
  • 100 cooperative unions
  • 120 agro-industries exporters
  • 100 local authorities and policy-makers
  • Entomologists, engineers, geoinformatics
  • SMEs and Agricultural Trade Unions 
  • Integrated Pest Management industry
  • Certification bodies, Payment Authorities of Common Agricultural Policy Aid Schemes 
  • Consumers and public 

Expected achievements

  • 2 prototypes of e-traps, one per targeted pest
  • 2 sets of e-services, one per prototype
  • 2 demand-driven cross-border living labs
  • 16 demonstration events
  • 3 startups
  • 1 co-patent
  • 6 scientific publications in peer review journals

Contribution to policy-making

The FruitFlyNet-ii project has clear links to the policy developments in EU Mediterranean Countries and Mediterranean Partner Countries offering an e-service platform for e-monitoring and sprayings to be possibly included in the EU and national legislation rules. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) agricultural practices, national IPM action plans, directives and/or recommendations can be applied accurately by the LAS prototypes. In particular, the proposal directly promotes the sustainable use of pesticides and IPM application (2009/128/EC) and foster several priorities of the EU for rural development (EU 1035/2013 or later) such as, knowledge transfer and innovation actions, diffusion of best IPM practices, ICT and organic farming for sustainable agriculture, application of practices that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, support low carbon agricultural economy, setting up new and quality jobs, and stop brain drain from rural areas and support food traceability by food and feed business operators (EC 178/2002 or later). 


Project news

Italy: FruitFlyNet-ii is looking for a technical manager

The University of Molise is recruiting a technical manager in the context of FruitFlyNet-ii project. Deadline for applications: 12 February 2021.

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