The Synergia program will be executed by a team consisting of 26 full time researchers (18 PhD students, 6 PDEng students and 2 Postdocs), supervised by renowned scientist from five top universities in the Netherlands collaborating with key industrial partners. This program is led by Prof.dr.ir. P.W.G. Groot Koerkamp, supported by a program management team consisting of the ten work package leaders. The program is planned to kick-off in October 2020, and will run for seven years until 2027.The public private partnership project AGROS is led by Anja Dieleman, who is also the leader of the use case horticulture, together with Herman Schoorlemmer, leader of the use case agriculture and Yvette de Haas, leader of the use case dairy. The AGROS project started in April 2020, and will run for 4 years until 2024.anagement team consisting of the ten work package leaders. The program is planned to kick-off in October 2020, and will run for seven years until 2027.
Today, there is a continuous demand for fresh and healthy products of constant high quality, regardless of the season. Limiting factor is the availability of sufficiently qualified personnel who have knowledge of all aspects of efficient cultivation. AGROS will develop knowledge to make an autonomous greenhouse possible in which the knowledge a grower currently carries around in their head is replaced by artificial intelligence. With new model-based control algorithms, the conditions in the greenhouse can be autonomously adjusted to achieve the cultivation goals.
Arable businesses are faced with the challenge of converting to an environmentally friendly and circular production system with more biodiversity. To meet these demands the technique of intercropping (mixed cultivation) looks promising. Using the intercropping method, crops are no longer grown on large fields in monocultures, but instead multiple crops are grown next to each other in alternating rows, which enables more efficient utilisation of light, water and minerals. Together with the latest disease and pest control solutions, this leads to higher yields and less damage to the environment. These mixed cultivation systems are complex to manage and incompatible with the current large-scale mechanisation systems. The goal of this project is to explore, develop and test new solutions for the complex management of mixed cropping systems.
Program management team
PMT members; name, photo, role in the project, link to their profile page at own institute
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