Crop Protection Technology Research Group

In the Mechanic unit of Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA) of Torino University, since 1996, the Crop Protection Technology Research Group is active. 

Activities of Crop Protection Technology Research Group  mainly deal with pesticide application equipment, operator safety and environmental impact related to spray distribution.  These activities, coordinated by Prof. Paolo Balsari, are carried out at the Crop Protection Technology (CPT) Laboratory (over 600 m² surface) and, thanks to the instruments and devices the lab is equipped with, it is a reference test station in Europe. Also, an external wind tunnel (250 m² surface) and a field test area are available. 

 

Main activities

  • National and international standardization.

  • Study and development of enhanced spraying methods, and test benches for functional inspection and calibration.

  • Extension services such as training for all interested parties entering or already within the industry. University teaching

  • Commercially sponsored applied research .

  • ENAMA/ENTAM certification of sprayers and their components

  • Coordination of  sprayers functional inspection, calibration and adjustment activity.

  • Crop Protection Technology Laboratory

  • Drift test of sowing dust

  • Evaluation of spray distance

  • Evaluation of the target coverage

  • Training