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Please provide a short description of the state-of-the-art and/or current trends in the field? How does the result fit into it?
Several authors have proposed simulation models to optimize crop irrigation (f.i., Danuso et al., 1995, Bergez et al., 2002; Acutis et al., 2010) and nitrogen fertilization (Makowski et al., 1995). Most of these models have a very complex structure and require specific skills and long training period for a correct use. Moreover, the typical crop model needs a long time for a good parameterization and calibration. Therefore, the use of many models, is strictly connected to academic and research contexts and have not wide-melted farmers and agricultural technicians, despite farmers are strongly encouraged to optimize the use of water and fertilizer and technicians are called to assist farmers with the responsibility of protecting the environment.



What is the problem/need/knowledge gap that the research result is responding to?  How was it addressed before?
Farming systems is a complex one, characterized by many uncertainty sources (biological and soil variability, climate, market prices, norms) that makes it difficult to manage (from the farmer point of view) and hard to assess their sustainability by the local governments.  Considering that the optimization of the economic, environmental and energetic sustainabilities can be conflicting, there is a strong need of tools to evaluate the whole farming system. Moreover, EU is going to oblige local government and farmers to give an assessment of their sustainabilities in order to be admitted to money subsidies.Previous approaches to tackle this need were based on simple approaches, using LCA budgets, without considering the dynamics of the processes and the involved uncertainties for the evaluation of risks. 





What is the potential for further research?
In my opinion the potential of this research and its application will be very high if the system provided can be adopted by different geographical areas with different weather conditions. 





What is the proposed method of IPR-protection? (patent, license, trademark etc.)
The research team did not apply for any IP search and/or protection. 





What are the steps that need to be taken in order to secure the IPR-protection? What is the cost of IPR-protection?
The research team already disclosed the system in different publications. 





What is you overall assessment of the scientific maturity of the research result?
The research is done. Now the team needs to have the possibility to test the SW with other data and to protect it by means of copyright when it is finally ended 






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