Project Summary

This research project is about designing and development of a pioneering automated trap for capturing the Mediterranean fly (medfly), incorporating a complete-automated system for continuous recognition, measurement and recording of Medfly, as well as related parameters that influence her population. The advanced system that will be developed, beyond the automated trap, will incorporate wireless sensors, data transferring through wireless networks and software for recording and control.

In the framework of this project, initially a detail study of existing types of traps will take place. Then the new experimental trap will be designed and developed, which will be installed in cultures of citrus fruits along with other conventional traps (see figure below), for comparison and research.The new trap will include an innovative medfly recognition system and the central system of collection and transmission of recognition data that will function via a wireless network. Later on, and after the necessary design improvements of the trap, a management system will be developed for prevention and warning via a web-based platform. Finally the new trap and completed system will be installed experimentally for collection of data and evaluation. The software test procedures will be executed through the use of a graphical programming language (LabVIEW) in order to integrate all phases of the application in a single environment.

The project aims to give solutions to many of the problems faced through the use of existing traps like, (a) time consuming and costly manual process, (b) errors in measurements due to capturing different insect species, making their separation almost impossible, (c) limited utilisation time interval and restrictions because of adverse environmental conditions. These problems result in (a) not frequent monitoring and control of traps (b) the use of a small number of traps relative to the extent of the monitored region (c) the not early warning of farmers for the increase of medfly population in order to take measures for control of the infestation.

conventional medflytraps

Provided that this system will facilitate the efficient cross-correlation of the appearance of Medflies with other environmental parameters that up to now was difficult to be investigated with conventional methods, it is expected that the project results will be of great interest to research organizations also. Moreover, the system will have very good prospects for (a) the evaluation of effectiveness of pesticides and (b) the extension of the technology for use with a similar pest, the Olive fly, where similar traps are used. Final objective of this work will be the technological upgrade of involved partners and the competitive enhancement of farmers in the domestic market and abroad.


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