Overall, a 90% reduction in man-hours is expected for marking the positions of the trees.

Progress: 30%

Original laboratory research

ARCADIAN is applied for the first time in Greece, since it is a product of original laboratory research. The originality of the system is primarily based on the algorithmic approach and optimization of planting.

The system innovatively combines a series of algorithms to find the optimal arrangement of trees in the field taking into account climatic and soil data, spatial constraints and operational specifications.

There is also the possibility of exploring alternative planting arrangements in minimal time and with zero design costs. All of the above original features of the proposed system differentiate it from systems or techniques available on the market today.

The automated “feeding” of the system from a series of data (agronomical, geomorphological, soilological and climatic) enables it to design all the possible planting arrangements of the tree and to choose the optimal one, easily and quickly, with great precision in marking the planting position of the trees. of trees, something that was not possible until today.

Expected results from the implementation of the project

Nut tree crops in Greece cover approximately 434,000 sq. In particular, almonds occupy an area of ​​133,000 sq., walnuts 128,000 sq. and pistachio trees 41,000 sq. (ELSTAT 2019). These figures make Greece an important position in the global production of almonds, walnuts and pistachios.

Specifically, it ranks 15th in almond production, 12th in walnut production and 6th in peanut production. It is worth mentioning that in 1996 it was in the 10 largest producing countries in all 3 products. Undoubtedly, therefore, the cultivation of hornbeam trees is one of the most important in the country as it contributes to the Greek economy, while contributing to employment and local economies.

ARCADIAN will give a greater dynamic to the arboriculture sector since its use will optimize the use of land during the establishment of new crops. More specifically, a 5-10% increase in the number of plants is expected due to an optimal tree planting arrangement, depending on the complexity of the field. While combined with improved distribution of pollinators the expected increase in production per hectare is estimated at around 15%.

A significant reduction in the cost of the work of marking the positions of the trees is also expected. Planting has high man-hour requirements and in combination with the narrow time frame for its execution, the cost is increased. Overall, a 90% reduction in man-hours is expected for marking the positions of the trees. It is also estimated that there will be a reduction in the required working hours throughout the time horizon of the farm through the increase in the accessibility of the machines in the orchard. The expected benefit is estimated at 8%.