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New collaborative initiative for agricultural innovation

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Scientific coordination by GREEN-IT members of ITQB NOVA, involves academia, companies and government

Oeiras, 17.05.2018

 

Launched on Farmers Day, InnovPlantProtect is a collaborative initiative for agricultural innovation led by Universidade Nova de Lisboa (GREEN-IT Research Unit), with partners Instituto Nacional de Investigação Agrária e Veterinária (INIAV), Elvas Municipality and eight national agricultural entities - ANPOC, ANPROMIS, Bayer, Casa do Arroz, CEBAL, Fertiprado, FNOP and Syngenta.

The competitiveness of the agricultural sector implies an ongoing incorporation of innovation and know-how transfer to the agricultural producers, allowing a larger and better production, with a more sustainable use of available resources. InnovPlantProtect will develop innovative biological solutions for the protection of Mediterranean crops, seeds and post-harvest products, with a special attention to plagues and emergent diseases. It will develop its processes and technological products in a market logic, establishing partnerships with national and foreign public and private institutions.

Scientific coordination is assured by Margarida Oliveira, ITQB NOVA researcher in Plant Sciences.

The public presentation took place in Elvas with the presence of the Minister of Agriculture, Forests and Rural Development, Luís Capoulas Santos, the President of Elvas Municipality, Nuno Mocinha, the Rector of NOVA, Professor João Sàágua, and the President of INIAV, Nuno Canada.

 

Further reading in the media 

Biopesticidas vão ter um centro de investigação no Alentejo, in Publico, 15.05.2018

Biopesticidas vão ter um centro de investigação no Alentejo, in Artigos & Noticias, 15.05.2018

InnovPlantProtect: ciência e agricultura de mãos dadas em Elvas, in Agrotec, 11.05.2018

Saindo da torre de marfim, Diário de Notícias, 26.05.2018

 

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