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Main results

The expected results are:

1. Identification and quantification of the effects of innovative techniques (spatialisation of techniques, diversification of crop canopies and rotations, no till) on weed flora;

2. A better understanding of weed characteristics and biophysical mechanisms involved in responses to agricultural practices;

3. A complex "virtual field" model quantifying the effects of cultural techniques and pedoclimate on the biological cycle of weeds, which is used to perform virtual experiments in a wide range of climatic and soil and plant environments;

4. Simple tools to assess and design cropping systems, based on the "virtual field model";

5. Design methodologies of cropping systems, combining diagnostic of existing agricultural situations, workshops of innovative strategies design and assessment by experts using the "virtual field" model and other multi-criteria assessment tools of sustainability;

6. Weed management strategies reconciling agricultural production, reduction of input use and biodiversity;

7. A better understanding and consideration of obstacles to the adoption of innovations proposed by researchers and advisers;

8. Wide dissemination of results (knowledge, methods, tools, management strategies) to researchers, students, advisers and farmers, through teaching modules, training, conferences, technical articles, websites etc;

9. Eventually, commercial solutions based on the localized weeding robot and image analysis methods for the detection and identification of weeds.