Innovation Hubs

Innovation Hubs & linked Demo-Sites

Romania “SCVM vineyards”

The Research Station for Viticulture and Oenology Murfatlar (SCVM) is a public institution which operates under the supervision of the Romanian Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, with general scientific competence in the fields of researches in viticulture and oenology. SCVM is located in the vineyard with the same name – Murfatlar (7000 ha) – that is spreading on the central hilly area of the Dobrogea (S-E of Romania), only 20 km from the Black Sea coast. More than one century ago, beginning with the year 1907, the first plantations for research on growing vine were established at Murfatlar. The institution is specified on the specific conditions of water shortage of the Dobrogea area.

The unit is structured in two sectors: research and development.

  • The research sector includes 12 researchers and assistants who work in the two laboratories:
  • Viticulture with the next activities: improving and multiplication of the grapevine varieties; introducing ecological technologies in viticulture; assessing phytosanitary status of the vines;
  • Oenology in which they deal with grape processing work technologies and wine chemistry
  • The development sector, where 24 employees, deal with the exploitation of 160 ha of plantations for the grapes production and for propagating grafting material. The grapes are processed in a winery with a capacity of 6500 hectolitres.

It also has the role of a pilot unit for the research sector. By its organization it provides the possibility to verify the results obtained under production conditions.SCVM frequently organizes meetings, workshops, field visits with the above mentioned professionals.

Use case & Testing

The Innovation Hub SCVM in Romania focuses on specific use cases: plant protection with the help of using of hyperspectral imaging, LIDAR and IoT sensors.

Activity Plan Innovation Hub Romania along the use cases

S.C.D.V.V. Murfatlar


Use Case Targeted application
Sensors & Machines used Hyperspectral Imaging, LIDAR, IoT temperature / humidity sensors, Meteodrones
Indicators measured
Amounts off applicants against fungus used.

Stakeholder Involvement

The targeted sectors which constitute the national network of interest are represented by:

  • Academic and Research Community
  • Farmers associations
  • Agricultural Industry, commerce and services,
  • Public authorities
  • Media and Media Professionals

The most important stakeholders per category are presented follows.

(1) SCVM is part of a network of 53 agricultural research units spread throughout Romania, under the umbrella of the Romanian Academy of Agricultural Sciences – the national forum for academic consecration and coordination of scientific research in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, veterinary medicine, food industry, rural development and environmental protection. SCVM has close collaboration with the research units, mainly in common research projects. Moreover, at SCVM are often common meetings organised with the representatives of these units.

SCVM also has collaborations with agricultural universities in Bucharest, Iasi, Cluj-Napoca and with Ovidius University in Constanta, being partners in several research projects. Annually the students are coming to the experimental fields of the SCVM where observations and experiments are done for their dissertation papers or PHD thesis.

(2) In Romania, the agricultural associations of farmers are well represented, the most known in the viticulture field being ONIV – National Organisation for the Viticulture Producers – a representative group of producers.

(3) At SCVM often the representatives of the agricultural Industry, commerce and services present their products with the occasion of demonstrative days, workshops, and so on. Therefore, the contact with these stakeholder is facile to be achieved.

(4) SCVM collaborates with regional and national administrative factors, such as the Agricultural Directions Constanta and Tulcea, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Agency for Payments and Interventions in Agriculture.

(5) Media and media professionals – a good connection with the national media, especially professional media, will help to disseminate the results of the ATLAS project among all stakeholders and to the general public.

Innovation Management

​For an efficient management of communication, training, and the promotion of ATLAS information on plant protection using modern techniques, SCVM will prioritise target groups in specific categories, will localize the potential groups from the identified categories and will choose the optimal mean of communication.