Irrigation/fertigation management

AGROFILM (2014 – 2019)

Contact: Alain Guillou, CATE


This French collaborative project aims at:

– Understanding how A. rhizogenes develops a biofilm in production greenhouses irrigation systems;

– Identifying and testing molecules and other solutions (micro-organisms, etc.) with anti-biofilm properties;

– Developing strategies to treat and prevent the biofilm formed by A. rhizogenes in greenhouse irrigation systems.

Vlaio: Supply strategy of nitrogen and water in soil cultivation strawberry as a sustainable transition towards elevated quality in taste and shelf life (2014 – 2018)

Contact: Pieter Janssens (Bodemkundige Dienst België)


Designing a fertigation table to meet the demands of productivity, fruit quality and limited emission of nutrients towards the environment in soil cultivations of strawberry. Different fertilizations trials are executed in the multiple cultivation systems of strawberry. Using soil humid balances and sensors the irrigation is monitored and adapted.

REDUNG: Reduction of nitrate leaching in soil bound vegetable crops under protection (2013 – 2017)

Contact: Sara Crappé (Provinciaal Proefcentrum  voor de Groenteteelt Oost-Vlaanderen vzw)


REDUNG aims to provide “best practices” for growers in order to prevent nitrate leaching in soil bound vegetable crops under protection by reasoned irrigation and fertilisation.To achieve this a decision support system is developed based on a evaporations model (using soil sensors). Moreover, the salification effect of different fertilizer regimes is observed. Guidelines are prepared to minimize the growers needs to flush their soils due to high salinity levels.

Development of a decision support system for water management in the tomato of industry based on air and proximal sensors (2016 – 2018)

Contact: Rafael Fortes Gallego (Agrodrone)


The project focuses on development of a decision supported system for the irrigation management of the processing tomato crop, this model will be fed through proximal and remote sensors that will generate real-time data of the conditioners of the crop, to calculate the amount of water to apply on it, in such a way as to correct the theoretical irrigation schedules.

Integrating soil water sensors on a seasonal strategy for automated re-scheduling of drip irrigation (IRRIX) (2014 – 2017)

Contact: Jaume Casadesus (IRTA)


The project focuses on how existing ICT can address some key issues for the automated management of drip irrigation: [1 ) to provide a control system based on sensors with a vision of the entire irrigation season , 2 ) to define a protocol for appropriately installing and interpreting soil moisture sensors in the context of drip irrigation , 3) to determine the criteria for optimal installation of sensors in a precision agriculture approach , 4) to determine the inter-relationship between sensor-based irrigation control and fertigation management.

Technological improvement of the system industrial cultivation of seedlings horticultural crops (HORTIPLAS) (2016 – 2018)

Contact: Luis García (Conesa group)


The project focuses on development of systems for the determination of water needs and irrigation scheduling in greenhouse tomato seedlings, based on the use of hydrological state measurements of the crop and measurement of development with spectral sensors.

Optimisation of agronomic practices for the sustainable management of the cherry tree in highland conditions (2017 – 2020)

Contact: Carlos Campillo (CICYTEX)


The project focuses on generate the necessary knowledge to improve the management of cherry plantations under the conditions of cultivation of highland, considering the agroclimatic variability existing in the area, besides deepening the physiological response of the tree to different agroclimatic variables and abiotic stresses.