Building knowledge and fostering innovation in hazelnut cultivation

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The experts in our Agri Competence Centre (ACC), together with our partners, develop and share scientific knowledge to improve quality and productivity and enhance sustainability. The ACC’s work includes helping to develop more efficient growing methods and address pest management problems, as well as to develop new cultivars.

Improving hazelnut quality

Important work in this area includes Integrated Pest Management strategies against for example, the brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), a damaging pest to hazelnuts. We are working collaboratively to raise awareness, share our knowledge and promote actions to address this pest, including methods for biological control.

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Optimising hazelnut irrigation

We are working with research institutes in Italy, Chile and Australia with the aim of optimising irrigation strategies in hazelnut orchards.

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Innovation

We partner with universities to advance innovation in hazelnut cultivation. We leverage innovations such as precision agriculture which means the tree gets the exact amount of inputs it needs. Using new technologies, it is possible to optimise the use of nutrients and water which helps to minimise environmental impact, and to improve quality through real-time monitoring of the tree. For example, we are part of the PANTHEON project that uses a system of drones and ground robots to collect data and perform farming operations tree by tree. Another way we promote innovation is to support research into new hazelnut varieties that are better suited to different climates.

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Agrifarms

At our Agrifarms, we showcase good agricultural practices and support the sector's sustainable development.

Agribusiness Development

We support the development of hazelnut cultivation around the world.