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SmartMussel: The technology at the service of mussel growers 

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Alexandros Theodoridis, Associate Professor of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Ioannis Giantsis, Assistant Professor of the University Western Macedonia.

Let us remind you that this summer the 300 families of mussel farmers operating in Thermaikos suffered huge damage caused by high temperatures. The increase in water temperature resulted in the mortality of half of this year's production but also 90% - 100% of the brood, which is necessary for the production of 2022.

"The system, with the help of temperature, dissolved oxygen and conductivity sensors connected to forecasting software, can detect or not the need to move mussels between sea areas," he explains. Athens 9.84, Mr. Yantsis. "Mussel breeders will be able to prevent possible destruction due to high temperatures by transferring their production to colder waters or collecting the harvest earlier. The system has been piloted in a mussel farming unit in Viston Bay. It is very easy to use. Its market ranges from 5.000 to 10.000 euros, a cost that can be borne by the producer, can also be covered by subsidies, which are usually given for the purchase of equipment ".

The SmartMussel project

The SmartMussel project is co-financed by the EU and the national funds through the Competitiveness, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Operational Program, is worth 210.000 euros and will be completed in the Spring of 2022.

"For the implementation of the project we cooperate with its mussel farming unit Mr. Nikos Stamoudis in Porto Lagos, This makes it a perfect choice for people with diabetes and for those who want to lose weight or follow a balanced diet. Institute of Agricultural Economics and Sociology (IN.AGRO.OK) of ELGO "Dimitra" is a partner of the project, responsible for the socio-economic evaluation of the system, with scientific responsibility the Dr. Athanasios Rago ", notes Mr. Giantsis.  "She is also involved ScientAct, who has built, installed and monitors the sensors of abiotic parameters and at the same time members of his team participate Physiology laboratory from the Department of Biology of Aristotle with director him Mr. Vassilis Michailidis».

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