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Towards a circular system in intensive horticulture

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Date: 2022/03/08

INKOA leads HortiMED project "Towards circular horticulture: closing the loop on Mediterranean greenhouses”, part of the PRIMA Programme supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project, coordinated by INKOA, counts with the participation of the National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries-NIOF (Egypt); the University Mohamed Khider, Biskra (Algeria) and the University of Deusto (Spain).

HortiMED aims at providing the Mediterranean horticultural community with innovative tools to enable resource efficient year round greenhouse cultivation by harnessing the potential of advanced technologies for smart nutrient, irrigation & climate control, and integrated pest management taking into account their feasibility and cost-effectiveness at individual greenhouse level. HortiMED pivots around 2 main axes: 1-enabling smart greenhouse management through a Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates sensors, smart algorithms, efficient greenhouse control procedures and applies artificial intelligence techniques for enhanced adaptive greenhouse management; and 2-increasing circularity of horticulture by using aquaponics to close the loop in Mediterranean greenhouses.

HortiMED technologies will be validated in low, medium and high technology greenhouses from Egypt, Algeria and Spain to demonstrate their economic feasibility and environmental sustainability.