Project co-financed by EU within Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Co-operation programme
implemented within the 2014-2020 Europan Union financial framework under the Instrument for Preaccession Assistance (IPA), HUSRB/1602/41/0031, 2018-2020.

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Total project budget:

365800,00 EUR

EU contribution (IPA):

311950,00 EUR

Start date:

May 01, 2018

End date:

April 30, 2020

Lead Beneficiary:

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technology Novi Sad

Beneficary 1:

University of Szeged

Beneficiary 2:

Educons University, Sremska Kamenica

Contact information:

University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technology Novi Sad,
Bul. cara Lazara 1, 21000 Novi Sad
Contact person: Prof. Dr. Biljana Škrbić
Telephone: + 381 21 485 3746, Fax: + 381 21 450 413

Project summary:

Farmlands are exposed to dangerous xenobiotics because of the regular use of distinct pesticides. Even if present in small concentrations, they are dangerous as all have the tendency of progressive accumulation in the food chain. Two approaches are frequently used worldwide to lower the exposition of plant cultivation fields to pollution by xenobiotics: organic farming and Ecological Pest Management (EPM). In the EU, EPM approach was originally defined by Directive 91/414/EEC, replaced by regulation 1107/2009; while regulation (EC) 834/2007 covers production and labeling of organic products. EPM is an approach based on the use of multiple tactics in a compatible manner to maintain pest populations at levels below those causing economic injury while providing protection from hazards to humans/animals/plants/the environment. EPM involves the application of non-chemical, alternative processes and methods, including host resistance and biological control. For conventional farms EPM can reduce human and environmental exposure to hazardous chemicals and potentially lower the overall costs. Design of sustainable EPM based strategies and the assessment of their relevance remains a major priority for the 21st century agriculture.

Therefore, the project will develop two innovative microbial products for upgrading arable soil quality and establish the PLANTSVITA Hunagry-Serbia Border Region Centre for promoting sustainable agricultural measures and catalyzing cooperation between R&D actors and SMEs in the agro-food field, enhancing the regional competitiveness.

These project's main objectives contribute to the Programme-level Specific Objective in the following way:

  • Joint research and knowledge-transfer activities in domain of environment-friendly technology to enhance cooperation and innovation activities.
  • Creation of a new, innovative product and technology intended for restoration/protection of the soil quality, promoting ecological pest management.
  • Close contacts, knowledge-transfer and dissemination activities contributing to the raising awareness and innovative capacities of the local end-users and economy actors, particularly of SMEs involved in agriculture, about the environment-friendly and sustainable agriculture production.
  • Enhanced visibility of the region’s capacities, making them attractive for participation in larger RD programmes.
  • New green technologies will increase the competitiveness of agro-food SMEs and create new job opportunities for qualified young people. This will be a significant contribution to the competitiveness of the regional R+D actors and economy actors in the enlarged EU.

About the Programme

The Interreg-IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Hungary-Serbia is implemented within the 2014-2020 European Union financial framework, under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA). On the basis of “shared management system" of the participating countries - Hungary and Serbia, the Programme funds and supports cooperation projects of organizations located in the Programme-eligible area – Hungarian counties Csongrád and Bács-Kiskun, and Serbian territories: West Bačka, North Bačka, South Bačka, North Banat, Central Banat, South Banat and Srem district.

The Programme helps the development of a stable and cooperating region and the overall quality of life in the border region. It enables economic collaboration of organizations from the two countries, nurtures the common identity, and cultural and historical heritage of the border region, and contributes to its environmental sustainability and safety.

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Plantsvita Plantsvita Products

Consumers are increasingly demanding products without pesticide residues. Farmers also have concerns over worker safety, negative environmental impacts of pesticides and non-sustainability of traditional agricultural practices. However, switch from classical farming to organic production or EPM requires an enhanced flow of the cutting-edge knowledge from the actors of the R&D field to the end-users, particularly farmers, SMEs and related professionals. The adoption of organic farming systems and EPM is advantageous to both the agricultural community and society.

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Start date
May 0, 2018
Total project budget
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EU contribution
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