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Low cost, early Phytosanitary monitoring and alert service for horticultural farmers

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "VegAlert" data sheet

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city: MURCIA
postcode: 30100
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 917˙396 €
 EC max contribution 642˙177 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.4. (Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.1. (Sustainable agriculture and forestry)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.2.2. (Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme /SME-2
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2018-05-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    MICROGAIA BIOTECH SL ES (MURCIA) coordinator 642˙177.00


 Project objective

PROBLEM Plant pathogen diseases in horticultural crops are responsible for 35% of crop losses. Today, farmers lack information about disease threats, as there is no way to carry out early diagnosis of the potential diseases that already exist in the soil and surrounding environment. Without this information, the most common practice is to minimise all threats, regardless of whether they exist, by the blanket, widespread application of “wide spectrum” chemical pesticides. However, these methods fail to eliminate all the pathogens effectively, increases production costs and it’s environmentally harmful.

SOLUTION Microgaia is a Spanish SME who has developed a DNA microarray tool that allows rapid and quantitative detection of 200specific plant diseases in a simultaneous way. Microgaia has also developed the associated sampling method and sampling kits to take samples according particularities of each crop, farm plot and aspects as meteorological data, ensuring that results are representative. The use of the entire system, called VegAlert, brings 4 great benefits: - cost reduction (by saving in pesticides) - higher yield (reducing losses caused by pathogens) - preservation of soil quality - compliance with the EU directive No 2009/128/EC

MARKET The utilised agricultural area for horticultural crops surpasses 836.000 thousand hectares in EU-28. Each analysis with VegAlert will be sold at 50 €. On average, 4 samples will be taken for each hectare and per season, this means that the total market size for VegAlert is 3.3 million of potential analysis per year (165 M€). The feasibility study showed that EU farmers are worried by pathogens, and willing to pay for this solution, which minimises their risks of losing production.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY This new business line is expected to generate important growth for Microgaia. The business plan predict that by 2022, 18 new jobs will be created with an annual turnover of 7.1 M€ and EBITDA of 3.1 M€.

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