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New technological solutions for core diseases

The Angelo Arlandini farm was founded 80 years ago by Giacomo Arlandini, who bought a 19th-century courtyard in the hills of Monferrato, in the province of Alessandria.

Angelo Arlandini, after retirement, resumed the business, switching from grain cultivation to hazelnut cultivation.

Riccardo Antonuccio, Angelo Arlandini's grandson, joins the company, contributing both in the fields and in farm management. The company now covers 30 hectares dedicated only to hazelnuts, with a focus on innovation and sustainable growth.

The project challenge envisioned by the Upskill 4.0 team with the company is to develop technological solutions to address production issues related to hazelnut plant diseases and irrigationinefficiencies . The proposal could be extended to a network of producers in the area in order to extend the positive impact created.

ITS Piedmont Biotechnology students with project manager Tiziana Obici created a robot that distributes a mix of natural oils and kaolin, two products already in use separately but never in combination, which comply with the specification and prevent the plant pest from taking root and at the same time repelling it.

The project is part of the second edition of Upskill Piemonte, an initiative promoted by Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT, Upskill 4.0 and UniCredit, to reduce the youth-enterprise skill mismatch.

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