Strengthen cooperation.

Short-term mobility programmes

Research excellence in areas like digital agriculture, variable rate technologies, sustainable management of soils, waste water management for agriculture is key to succeed in contributing to the pathway towards climate neutrality and achieving the European Green Deal objectives.

SOILdarity trains researchers to boost their capacities and improve the research output and impact on the society.

One of the objectives of of the project is to promote mobility and research activities to engage the researchers in practical research

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initiatives of high-level institutions while providing them with the instruments to develop future research proposals based on their interests. About 15 visits are planned to be performed during the project, with a special focus on young researchers, who will play a key role in the future of the European research.

Five short term visits have already been carried out: two researchers from Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon spent one month in Belgium (at UGENT’s facilities), while other three researchers went to Israel, at MIGAL.

First mobility programme

From Lisbon to Ghent in 2021

Cristina Cruz and Ana Corrêa visited UGENT for one month in October-November 2021, as part of the first mobility programme. Their visit included:

  • Demonstration of laboratory-based sensing technology, which included near infrared (NIR), mid infrared (MIR), x-ray fluorescence (XRF), hyperspectral sensor (HS), thermal camera and other sensors. During the demonstration, instrument calibration, sample scanning and spectra collection procedure for soil samples were shown.
  • Demonstration of field-based sensing technology, during which UGent robotic platform, crop sensor box (including HS and LIDAR) installed on a spray boom, Mini & Maxi sensing platform equipped with robotic were shown. The demo included real field scanning of soil using UGent online soil sensing platform, set up one robotic platform.
  • Training on modelling of Vis-NIR and MIR spectral data: Demonstration of spectral pre-processing methods, linear and non-linear modelling methods, calibration and validation procedure, was provided, with special focus given to PLS modelling using MATLAB software.
  • Demonstration of soil mapping: This demo included the introduction of Semivariogram, Kriging and inverse distance weighting (IDW) interpolation methods in ArcGIS software for soil mapping.
From Lisbon to Kyriat Shmona in 2021

Inês Ferreira is a PhD student at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. She was hosted at MIGAL’s facilities in Kyriat Shmona, Israel, where she received support to enhance her research. During her experience in Israel, she developed a series of contacts with members of the MIGAL team working on the relevance of fungi on ecosystem services and as a source of endogenous resources.

She performed analysis on fungi and associated soils using ICP techniques, that are part of her PhD thesis, and received training on how to use the eNOSE technology and how to apply it, in order to distinguish fungal species (specially mushrooms). Thanks to the collaboration with the researchers in Israel she developed a research proposal aimed to achieve new strategies emergent form the combination of precision agriculture and agroecology that allow the production of resilient healthy plants, while promoting ecosystem functionality and services.