The study will cover 3 different production lines for the poultry industry. For each line, 2 different husbandry systems will be investigated. For the goats industry, one production line (milk production) will be investigated, focusing on breeds with: 1) High and 2) Medium milk production potential. For each breed, 2 different husbandry systems will be studied.
We will explore future challenges in existing farming systems and the accompanying value chains. We will also establish an inventory of contemporary and new business models to address these future challenges. The results of the analysis will be used to develop new business models that fit sustainable, consumer-demand-compatible business.
Novel technology tools will be developed and used to support the implementation of the study, but also to facilitate beyond-project product lifecycle and animal welfare monitoring
To get rich insight from the collected data on products’ quality, related to animal welfare, husbandry systems and productivity indexes. It will facilitate data gathering, visualization and analysis.
PROJECT COORDINATOR - CyRIC is a pioneering Cyprus-based company and a regional landmark of research, innovation and entrepreneurship. CyRIC provides professional Innovation and Research and Development services to both local and international customers specializing in the fields of product design, engineering and prototyping, electronics design, robotics, automated analytical instrumentation and software development. CyRIC is the first Business Innovation Center (EU|BIC) in Cyprus, certified by the European Business Network (EBN) validating the range and quality of the innovation services provided to local SMEs as well as the incubation services (technical and business support) provided to start-ups. CyRIC is also the coordinator of the Cyprus Digital Innovation Hub (DIH). The DIH is offering services to the local SMEs in the areas of robotics, technology for agriculture, manufacturing, IoT and more.
The Agricultural University of Athens (AUA) is the 3rd oldest university in Greece. AUA has very strong links with the industry and provides extension services in several agricultural cooperatives and individuals farms.The participating group consists of the Laboratory of Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals (LAPFA-AUA) from the Department of Animal Science, School of Animal Biosciences. LAPFA-AUA has the capacity to perform farm animal studies, on the fields of farm animal physiology, herd health management, animal hygiene, health and welfare, diagnosis, prevention and control of animal diseases, as well as zoonoses and foodborne diseases for the protection of public health.
Alpes Lasers S.A. is a Swiss SME, leader in the development of optoelectronic devices in the Mid- Infrared range. These light sources are of particular interest since almost all the substances have strong molecular fingerprints in the Mid-IR spectral region. For this reason, these sources are used for a large number of purposes from the clinical diagnostic to the environmental and industrial quality control. Alpes Lasers is characterized by a large R&D team of scientists with almost 30 years of cumulative experience on QCLs and microelectronics. Currently Alpes Lasers is involved in numerous research projects for both the European union and the US government. Alpes Lasers SA was also the first company to commercialize QCLs in the Mid-IR.
Technische Universität Wien (TUW) is Austria’s largest technological university with about 28.000 active students in eight different faculties and located in the very heart of Vienna. TUW has sharpened its research profile by defining competence fields across all faculties and setting up interdisciplinary collaboration centres. Of special relevance for this project is the competence field Materials Science including chemical and physical material characterisation. From the Faculty of Technical Chemistry of TUW, the research unit on Environmental Analytics, Process Analytics and Sensors headed by Prof. Lendl will participate in Code: Re-farm. This group has a strong background in development of new measurement concepts based on mid-IR quantum cascade lasers for improved analysis of liquids, gases as well as solids.
The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. Founded as legal person on 18 November 1923, CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. In the CNR's research world, the main resource is the available knowledge, which means people, with their skills, commitment and ideas. In the frame of CNR, the mission of Dr. D’Auria ’s laboratory is to identify, isolate, produce and manipulate biomolecules to use as stable and specific probes for the design of advanced sensing devices.
QuantaRed Technologies GmbH (QRT) is a high-tech spin-off company from Vienna University of Technology. The core team started their R&D activities in the field of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology in 1999, with the first patent also filed in 1999. The company “QuantaRed Technologies GmbH” was founded in 2008. It was the first company world-wide to discover the technological advantages of Quantum Cascade Laser technology for trace analysis in liquids. QRT figured out its industrial potential focusing on environmental and process analytics. The success of QRT is based on an efficient implementation of scientific projects and follow-up developments of custom-tailored, portable stand-alone analysers. The uniqueness of QRT's products is centred on the specific properties of Quantum Cascade Lasers providing coherent radiation with high spectral power densities in the mid-IR spectral range. The team combines significant experiences in the field of photonics, laser spectroscopy, analytical chemistry and chemical engineering. QRT is thus capable of providing tailored solutions to yet unmet sensing problems in a multitude of industries.
REM Analytics (REM) is an ambitious SME focused on the development and deployment of novel measurement tools in molecular biology. Its main competencies lie in the analysis of complex systems. REM Analytics offers a research service in the area of Nutrition and Consumer health. Deploys its unique set of tools to empower its customers to develop innovating products. Within the area of nutrition, a special focus is placed on Microbiomes as well as food origin and safety.
EXUS is an enterprise software company specializing in credit risk management, digital transformation services and innovation management. EXUS was founded with the vision to simplify enterprise software, make it simple, accessible and exciting. EXUS supports organizations worldwide to improve their results by introducing simplicity & intelligence in their business processes through state-of-the-art technology.EXUS Innovation manages a portfolio of initiatives that aim to pave the way for the introduction and take up of emerging technologies. Leveraging the results of strategic research activities allows us to harness untapped niches in our market sectors of interest. We excel in driving innovation in software engineering and data management to foster advances in key sectors such as: security, health, creativity and lifelong learning.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the sixth oldest, and among the most highly ranked tertiary education institution, within Greece. It is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans and its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere. The university farm covers an area of 188.57 hectares and it is located near “Macedonia” Airport, 12km from the city centre. It consists of experimental fields, livestock, as well as model agricultural and husbandry units. There are also 21 buildings, including sports facilities. Two of the above buildings are used throughout the academic year for events held by the Faculty of Agriculture, such as seminars, workshops and conferences, while the other buildings, which are part of the Faculty of Agriculture, are used by its scientific personnel for teaching and research activities. Moreover, there are various types of machinery and laboratory equipment, as well as livestock farming facilities, and facilities for processing plants and animal products.
University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) is a public Spanish University with around 21,000 students and almost 2,000 teaching and research staff. Among the five academic schools in which the University is organized, the School of Engineering (Campus de Leganés) is the centre dedicated to teaching and research in Telecommunications, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Bioengineering disciplines. Concerning the training field, the UC3M was the first in Spain to be fully adapted to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and offers studies in most of the scientific disciplines. UC3M is included in the QS Top 50 Under 50. The researchers from the Department of Electronic Technology bring in their expertise on the development of scientific instrumentation systems (laser-based spectroscopy sensing architectures, interferometry, environmental monitoring) as well as their knowledge on laser sources test and characterization.
BioSense Institute (BIOSENSE) coordinates, focuses and advances research, introduction and promotion of state-of-the-art ICT solutions in agriculture, ecology, environmental protection, water management and industry. BioSense Institute is an internationally recognized multi-disciplinary scientific research institute and a regional provider of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) in agriculture and environmental monitoring. BioSense Institute is recognized by EC as a "scientific lighthouse in the region" and thus financed for further reinforcement of Institute itself and its infrastructures, novel scientific concepts such as “smart dust”, “crowdsourcing”, “compressed sensing”, “digital fountain” and “open innovation” are not only becoming a reality but are also put in action in various mission-critical real-life cases. With state-of the-art equipment and – most important – with an international group of more than 80 enthusiastic researchers.
Established in 1981 by the Italian Research Ministry for promoting, co-ordinating and carrying out research for the agri-food industry, Tecnoalimenti is as a non-profit research consortium of 30 food sector industries and one financial institution, Intesa San Paolo, as trustee of ministerial funds. Its member industries account for about 12% of Italian food sales. In almost 40 years of activity, the organisation acquired high-level skills in: (i) industrial research, carrying out food chain studies, technological feasibility assessments, eco-compatibility and cost-benefits analyses of new processes, (ii) research project set-up and management, (iii) dissemination activities to industries and SMEs at national and international level through its wide industrial network.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research-led university specialising in engineering science & technology. Education, research and knowledge valorisation at TU/e contribute to: i) science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility, ii) science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry, iii) science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education. The Innovation, Technology Entrepreneurship & Marketing (ITEM) group focuses on understanding and improving New Product and Business Development Processes and is one of the leading programs in Europe in terms of quality, impact, productivity and societal relevance.
The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is a state-funded public university in Denmark, founded in 1479. UCPH employs over 9000 people, of which roughly 5,600 are academic staff. The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH includes the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, which further includes the Section for Animal Production, Nutrition and Health. This section carries out research on, among other things, monitoring of animal behaviour and health in real time using new technology such as sensor systems and video combined with advanced mathematical modelling and machine learning.
Noldus Information Technology (NOLDUS) creates innovative tools for measuring behaviour, health and wellbeing: from data collection to discover of insights. The company was founded 30 years ago in the Netherlands and has grown to 165 colleagues worldwide, in 9 different countries. We have over 9500 customers in 98 countries; academic and industrial researchers in the fields of neuroscience, human factors, usability, consumer behaviour, market research, smart farming, psychology, zoology, health research and simulation & training. Most of our R&D is carried out in Wageningen (the Netherlands) and we also have a small R&D office in Budapest. Our core business is selling complete solutions for our customers, supporting their research, consisting of integrations of our own software and hardware together with that of our suppliers and partners.
ICCS is a research organisation associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The SECE is a well-reputed school with more than 1000 active students and 200 PhD students. ICCS has been established in 1989 by the Ministry of Education in order to carry out R&D activity in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunication systems, biomedical engineering, and distributed systems, control systems, computer systems and their applications, software and hardware engineering. The active research personnel of ICCS presently consists of 60 SECE/NTUA staff members, 15 additional research scientists & more than 500 research associates. There are about 40 laboratories and research units presently active in ICCS. The Laboratory of Computer Vision and Machine Learning performs research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data analysis, image analysis, signal processing. The laboratory is currently involved several H2020 projects and FP7 projects in the areas of machine learning, artificial intelligence, image processing, computer vision and software engineering.
The ‘Skopelos goat cooperative’ (SKOPELOS) was established in 2013 by a group of ‘Skopelos goat’ farmers with its registered office located at the city of Volos, central Greece The aim of the cooperative is to provide technical and scientific support to its members for the production of improved ‘Skopelos goat’ breeding stocks to enhance the farms’ sustainability and cover the increasing demands of the market for ‘Skopelos’ breeders. Currently, the cooperative consists of 50 farmers rearing about 10,000 goats in the regions of Magnisia (mainland 67.5% and islands 23.5%) and Larissa (9.0%).
Agromilk IKE is the owner of a modern, intensive small ruminant farm at the region of Attika. The farm has recently been established by a family of mechanical engineers. Farm operations are directed by the farm owner. The farm consists of about 300 Chios and 150 Lesvos breed sheep, which are the two most productive indigenous dairy sheep breeds in Greece. It also consists of 150 dairy goats of the most prolific indigenous breed, namely, Skopelos. The farm is expanding every year and currently the building infrastructure has the capacity to house more than 700 animals (ca. 1200 m2). The farm is milk-production oriented, which is used primarily for the production of Feta cheese and Greek yoghurt. It also produces breeding stocks of the three breeds, whereas, meat production is of secondary importance.
CAPRILAIT is a traditional goat dairy farm in the Swiss Canton of Vaud. It has been active for 3 generations, through which a blend of tradition and innovation have maintained the farm competitive and profitable. It is located in a traditional farming region of Switzerland, surrounding the shores of Lac de Bret. Around them is a community of farmers including other dairy farmers with cows and sheep, as well as agriculture producing vegetables, corn, wheat and fruits. The region is well known for its high quality and long-standing tradition.
The Aeres Group is the largest supplier of green education in The Netherlands, with courses ranging from primary, secondary and higher vocational training, as well as BSc education up to and including MSc levels. The Aeres University of Applied Sciences offers study programmes in Dronten with the focus on agribusiness in all of its facets. Research in Dronten is about entrepreneurship and sustainable business development. The Lectorate of Prof. Dr. Laura is entitled Precision feeding and sustainable poultry husbandry.The Poultry Expertise Centre (PEC) is a partnership in which different partners from the poultry chain are involved according to the triple helix model: government (municipalities, provinces, ministries), businesses (companies and branch organizations) and knowledge institutes (educational institutes, universities). The Poultry Expertise Centre was established in 2013 and has its office and facilities in Barneveld.
The Agricultural Company “ACCADIA VERDE” is registered in Accadia (FG, Apulia Region, Italy) and operating a farm and dairy processing site in Ariano Irpino (AV, Campania Region, Italy). The company is currently investing in zootechnical activities, mainly goat farming, and agriculture, mainly the production of fodder and grain to meet the food requirements of the livestock. They have been setting up a dairy, based on short-chain and traceability principles, to process goat's milk. SAAV produce goat milk, different types of goat cheese and yogurt using innovative techniques in order to guarantee food traceability and quality control. Their work derives from the experience and passion of local farmers and breeders. By combining elements from the peasant tradition with innovative tools, our goal is to obtain the highest quality products and to protect the end consumer.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000216