Driven by the needs of farmers and the growing demand for an ecological approach, AREAVENTI presents OXIR, a project created by MET and G.R. GAMBERINI, an innovative technology that uses ozone (O3) dissolved in water, the most powerful oxidant that exists in nature with a non-selective action, for the control of diseases and the health of crops both in greenhouses and in open fields.
According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), transboundary plant pests and diseases – growing in the last years because of globalization, trade and climate change, as well as reduced resilience in production systems due to decades of agricultural intensification – affect food crops, threatening food security. Agriculture is to be safe, healthy and sustainable, so it is essential to have healthy crops; they play a role in producing sufficient quantities of healthy foods and contribute to the quality of life.
Driven by needs of farmers, MET and Gamberini conceived OXIR, an innovative technology for spraying aqueous ozone (O3) for disease control and sanitation of greenhouse crops, taking advantage of the powerful oxidation-based (hence non-selective) anti-pathogen action of ozone.
OXIR was born from the collaboration between the companies MET Srl and GR Gamberini Srl, in applying in the agricultural field the long experience matured by MET in the medical field. The first promising results obtained in the greenhouse on various types of culture are driven by a specific technology allowing us, after many efforts, to obtain this important recognition from the European Community, aimed at getting to know this environmentally friendly technology seriously engaged in agricultural production that respects the healthiness of the product.
Some of these first results:
D1.1 – Upgraded mobile prototype
D1.2 – Summary report on field test experiences
D2.1 – Performance testing and validation report
- Baby Leaf: Report 1, Report 2
- Basil (Basilico): Report 1
- Berries (Piccoli frutti): Report 1, Report 2, Report 3, Report 4
- Cannabis: Report 1
- Cucurbitacee: Report 1, Report 2
- Leaf Vegetables (Ortaggi a foglia): Report 1
- Tomato (Pomodoro): Report 1
- Vineyard (Vite): Report 1, Report 2, Report 3, Report 4, Report 5, Report 6, Report 7, Report 8, Report 9, Report 10
D2.2 – Final version of OXIR technology (fixed and mobile setups)
D3.1 – Technical diagram of the industrial manufacturing process
D3.2 – OXIR certification, homologation and technical documentation
D4.1 – OXIR webpage
D4.2 – OXIR video
D4.3 – Exploitation and IPR plan
D4.4 – Commercialization, communication and internationalization plan
D5.1 – Consortium Agreement