Reducing the environmental impact of off-ground cultivation of cut flower species in the Western Riviera (FUORISUOLOSMART)

RDP 2014-2020 Measure 16.01


In order to achieve smart irrigation, an APP, combined with a greenhouse lysimeter, has been developed and tested that can automatically control the main parameters of the above-ground crop by promptly reporting when to irrigate, how to fertilize, any abnormalities and how to solve them, so as to reduce the environmental impact and increase the profitability of these crops.


Florcoop Sanremo sca
DiSAAA-a University of Pisa

Project duration

01/03/2021 – 30/11/2022


The project

The objectives are as follows:

  1. Design and testing of Decision Support System (DSS) with related APP and lysimeter;
  2. DSS testing in the western Ligurian Riviera environment on buttercup;
  3. Testing the use of biochar as an adjuvant for the containment of root diseases of ranunculus above ground;
  4. Testing the use of chitosan for root disease control of buttercup;

Download the PDF from the magazine “Earth is Life” no. 23-2022

Download slides from the seminar Nutritional needs and low-impact techniques for off-ground cultivation of cut flower species of November 22, 2022

Download the final project brochure


Demonstration visit

A hands-on meeting was held at the Florcoop farm on April 7, 2022, to illustrate the operation of the lysimeter and smartphone APP for monitoring the main parameters of the above-ground crop: pH, conductivity of both the incoming and drained solution, amount of water administered at each intervention and relative percentage of drainage, main climatic factors.