Crop Protection Technology Research Group

DiSaFaLogo DiSaFaIn the Agricultural Engineering 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 are carried out at the CROP PROTECTION TECHNOLOGY (CPT) LAB (over 600 m² surface). Thanks to the instruments and devices with which it is equipped, CPT Lab is a reference test station in Europe. Also, a tunnel (250 m²), a field and vineyard test area (2000 m2) are available.

In the course of 2022, a new 1200 m2 covered warehouse was built near the vineyard. Within this covered structure, for example, it will be possible to carry out tests for measurement of potential spray drift from horizontal boom sprayers and orchard/vineyard sprayers by the use of a test bench.

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DISAFA and Laboratory CPT in the AGROVET Campus

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.

  • Mass balance (indoor test)

  • Drift test of sowing dust

  • Evaluation of spray distance

  • Evaluation of the target coverage

  • Training

  • Air direction and speed measuremnet