STOMATIC R&D PROJECT
MAHER has begun the development of the R&D project “STOMATIC: Automatic irrigation management system based on stomatal opening data“. The total project budget amounts to €184,370.00. It is 85% co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF) through the Multi-regional Operational Program of Spain 2014-2020, managed by the Center for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI).
The main objective of STOMATIC is to develop a new irrigation programmer that provides the possibility to manage the irrigation activations automatically. The water supply frequency will be decided based on the stomatic opening of the plant. This physiological parameter offers very valuable information about the crop´s water status. The intention is to take a step further in the precision of irrigation. Making available to farmers an effective irrigation decision-making tool that combines several elements: network of sensors, measuring stations and algorithms to determine the stomatical conductivity. The crop´s stoma characteristics and its level of openness makes it possible to check the availability of water in the plants.
This project has been approved within the framework of the 2017 Call for the International Technology Cooperation Program with Tunisia. It will be carried out thanks to the joint international collaboration between MAHER ELECTRÓNICA and the Higher College of Engineers of Medjez El Bab in Tunisia. This university institution is located in the Tunisian city of Bejà. It specializes in agricultural hydraulics, mobilization and water management, and the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Both entities will have the backing of Tecnova Technological Center, a reference research organization in the field of the auxiliary industry of agriculture. This participation will be of great value to accompany the planned technological development.
The project will be executed within a 24-month timeframe. The final stage culminates with the validation of the new tool, which would have completed a 6-month agronomic trial in the experimentation facilities of the Tunisian partner.