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SmartSLUG: Biological and area-specific slug control for farming

Project: Research

  • Teknologisk Institut
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Slugs are important pests in arable crops and pose an increasing problem, with especially the grey field slug, Deroceras reticulatum, causing considerable damages to winter wheat and oilseed rape. Parameters such as no-tillage and catch crops, along with climate change, favor population growth of slugs. Consequently, approaches to sustainable slug control is needed. The SmartSLUG project develops a knowledge- and data-driven smart-farming tool for an area-specific prediction of slug damage in arable crops. The tool will generate control-strategy maps, which identify optimal strategies (mechanical, pesticide, nematodes), thus acting as a decision support system (DSS) for effective slug control aiming at continued high yields, while simultaneously utilizing the environmental benefits of catch crops. In addition, the biological product Nemaslug® will be adjusted and optimized for application to Danish fields. The project will provide more efficient and sustainable solutions than available today. The project covers the entire value chain in a multidisciplinary and ambitious process involving the following: 1) Study of D. reticulatum and Nemaslug® in laboratory experiments, 2) Slug ecology in the field, 3) Field experiments of control strategies, 4) Tool for geographic annotation of slug pests, 5) Optimization of Nemaslug® product and application technology, 6) Development of slug forecast model and DSS, 7) Validation of model and DSS, and 8) Demonstration and dissemination.
Effective start/end date01/05/201830/06/2022

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