ProjectZero-impact innovative technology in forest plant production

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Zero-impact innovative technology in forest plant production

As part of the Zephyr project, Acreo Swedish ICT develops novel sensor technologies to follow plant growth/development, as well as to measure the actual physical conditions in the soil. The purpose is to provide feedback for automatic adjustments (e.g. water and nutrients) to achieve optimal growth conditions.

The soil conditions, i.e. humidity and ion concentration, are determined by a multifunctional miniaturized in-soil sensor stick combined with wireless data transfer. In addition, Acreo develops a system for optical (stereoscopic) analyses, that in combination with data processing will make it possible to follow plant growth and development in real time

In response to the FP7 Specific Programme “Collaborative Project” Call “Improving resource efficiency” (FP7-ENV.2012.6) and the Topic FP7-ENV.2012.6.3-1 “Innovative resource efficient technologies, processes and services”, the Zephyr project aims to introduce an innovative technology built on pre-cultivation of forest regeneration materials in a zero-impact and cost-friendly production unit.

The project will integrate these technologies into a functional system for large scale production of pre-cultivated forest regeneration materials adapted to transplanting and further growth at forest nurseries all over Europe.

The new integrated technology will make a drastic change to state-of-the-art in forest nursery production for reforestation purposes: apart from being more resource-efficient, it will also contribute to the environmental protection through: biodiversity defending, water recycling, strong reduction of fertilizers and avoidance of pesticides.

Moreover, it will allow a CERTIFIED and STANDARDISED production of reforestation materials, with a noticeable increasing of the efficiency of the reforestation operations.

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