Development of Innovative Nanocopper-based Formulations for Agricultural Applications.
Τ1ΕΔΚ-01492 (funded by the General Secretariat for Research & Technology Hellas)
The intensification of agriculture in Greece and the continuous growth of this sector, are widely considered basic pillars of sustainable development for the country. It is however, widely accepted that an increase of production can only be achieved through research, technology and innovation. Although significant funds have been allocated to such actions in recent years, 50% of the related investments in Greece concern the development and characterization of seeds and propagating material.
On the other hand, the growing environmental requirements and related European legislation for the use of plant protection products (biocides, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, etc.), pose serious risks to the competitiveness of domestic agricultural production, as pests and insects are becoming increasingly resistant to conventional plant protection products. The aim of this research project is therefore to develop a new generation of biocides that provide the desired level of protection for a specific category of crops, while complying with existing and expected legislation on the use of biocidal products in agriculture.