Development of agro-ecological defence strategies on seed crops to reduce the use of insecticides and safeguard pollinating insects

Partners in the operational group

Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna
CONAPI Soc. Coop. Agricola
DINAMICA Soc. Cons a r.l.
Az. Agr. Vecchiattini Claudio
Coltivare Fraternità Società Cooperativa Agricola e Sociale
Az. Agr. Mangolini Sebastiano
Società Agricola Paganini S.S.
Az. Agr. Sangiorgi Daniela
Az. Agr. Mangolini Giuliano

ECOSEME is a project implemented under the Regional Rural Development Programme 2014-2020.

Type of operation 16.1.01

Operational groups of the European Innovation Partnership: “agricultural productivity and sustainability”.

Notice of decision of the Regional Council no. 754/2022

Focus Area: P4B

Starting date: 30/09/2022

Overall cost: 248.841,81 €

Contribution: 228.760,37 €

Project n. 5514615

Lead partner: Centro Agricoltura Ambiente Giorgio Nicoli s.r.l.

Technical and scientific manager: Giovanni Burgio, Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Agroalimentari – distal – Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna

Head of Organisation: Carla Corticelli, Libero professionista per Centro Agricoltura Ambiente G. Nicoli S.R.L.

Report and Project Control scheme ECOSEME:



The main objective of the project is the development of agro-ecological defence strategies against the main phytophagous pests based on the use of trap plants and yellow chromo-attractant traps. The evaluation of the effectiveness of these strategies will include tests on the pollinating action of bees and other wild pollinators, and production-level tests of the effect of the various defence systems adopted. The project will also contribute to increased agroecosystem resilience to climate change.

Expected results

The main result is the development of innovative defence tools against harmful insects for seed crops, based on the enhancement of the farm ecosystem and the protection of pollinating insects, which will make it possible to rationalise water resources and significantly reduce insecticide treatments. The project partners, and in particular C.A.C. SOC. COOP. AGR. and CONAPI SOC. COOP.AGR. will ensure an effective applicability of the results, through a network of specialised technicians and organised companies, and will also make the dissemination, training and advisory actions more effective. Furthermore, the results will also be able to be used by non-member, organic, in-conversion and integrated production farms. The techniques identified will enable the following results, which will be made available through the production of a manual and other dissemination products:

a. Development of effective low-impact pest management strategies that will lead to a reduced use of technical means with an impact on the environment and a concrete environmental advantage; these strategies include the enhancement of the useful entomofauna present on the farm, through the introduction of attractive chrome traps and trap plants alongside the main crops. The intercropping with these plants will favour natural pest control on all seed crops, with benefits also on water quality, soil and biodiversity;

b. Development of strategies to safeguard, conserve and verify the pollinating action of bees and other wild pollinators through the interventions envisaged by the project, and in particular monitoring of flowers, with the consequent improvement of crop productivity, both in terms of quantity and quality;

c. Economic as well as environmental savings due to the reduced use of technical means and water resources.

Activities description

ACTION A1 – Coordination activities, management of the Operational Group and organisation of meetings
ACTION B1 – Feasibility study on organisational aspects, context analysis and the topics covered by the project proposal
ACTION B2 – Development of a defence strategy on seed rape (Brassica napus) that excludes the use of insecticide treatments and safeguards pollinating insects
ACTION B3 – Development of an agroecological defence strategy on seed cabbage (Brassica oleracea) that excludes or minimises the use of insecticide treatments and safeguards pollinating insects
ACTION B4 – Elaboration of the results obtained, also by assessing the environmental sustainability of the agro-ecological strategies identified, for their inclusion in integrated production specifications and use in organic farming
ACTION B5 – PEI dissemination and dissemination plan
ACTION B6 – Training

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