EXARHOS
IONEL
ACT PHAST 4.0
FTELIES 2021
Projects

The IONOS has created the conditions for the development of a unique ecosystem of new creation and innovation cores. Universities, research organizations, agricultural institutes, experimental project departments, research and development companies, and producer cooperatives are members of the team and serve as conduits for the creation and transfer of knowledge.

EXARHOS 2020, EXARHOS 2021, EXARHOS 2022

The program is a conception and initiative of IONOS aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of UAV use in the application of bait spraying to combat the olive fly in olive groves of varying morphology, compared to ground-based insecticide spraying.

The program is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development & Food, the Hellenic Mediterranean University, the University of Thessaly, the Institute of Olive, Subtropical Plants and Vine, the Regions of Thessaly, Euboea, Aetolia-Acarnania, Messinia, and Crete, and with ELANCO, which provides the formulation used.

The entire activity is licensed by the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Rural Development, being the first and unique of its kind in the Balkans.

EXARHOS 2020 CRETE

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EXARHOS 2021 THESALIA

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EXARHOS 2021-2022 CRETE

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IONEL 2021 and IONEL 2022

An European program spanning Spain, Italy, and Greece, focusing on the needs of rice cultivation.

The program aims to assess the effectiveness of herbicide applications with drones in rice crops, compared to ground applications. The program is in its second year of implementation in collaboration with ELANCO, GOWAN, and SDS Biotech K.K, having obtained experimental approval from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food.

ACT PHAST 4.0

The program involves the use of optical fibers for monitoring and counting the dispersion of droplets (drift) during agricultural drone spraying operations.

The program is a collaboration between the Foundation for Research and Technology, the University of Southampton, and IONOS, with the support of the Benaki Phytopathological Institute.

The first test of optical fiber sensors took place in September 2021 at the Foundation for Research and Technology facilities in Heraklion, where the connection of agricultural drone technology with that of Photonics and optical fibers was practically applied.

In subsequent tests carried out in real conditions (on olive trees), modern technology for counting drift was applied directly and reliably.

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Ftelies 2021

The action aimed at protecting the urban greenery of the city of Thessaloniki and addressing the problems caused to residents by the Elm Leaf Beetle, Xanthogaleruca luteola (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera).

This particular beetle causes significant damage to elm trees. Both adult beetles and larvae feed on trees, causing defoliation and leaf drop. The insect has more than one generation per year, resulting in the development of high populations that degrade urban greenery and cause annoyance to residents when the beetles enter homes and commercial spaces.

Applications targeting the control of the insect include entomopathogenic nematodes and chitosan. For the control of the beetle, we collaborated with the BIO-INSECTA team, which proposed the application of entomopathogenic nematodes on elm leaves, a suitable solution without burdening the urban environment with harmful substances.

The precision operation took place on Leoforos Stratou, outside the Velideio Conference Center, using the agridrone M6E-X1, which provided all the necessary guarantees of flight safety and stability.