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Final Report - MICROMAIZE (Management of plant-beneficial microbes to balance fertiliser inputs in maize monoculture)

Project ID: 36314
Funded under: FP6-FOOD


Maize is an important staple food and fodder crop widely grown in Europe, but it has a bad reputation for requiring high inputs of fertiliser and a lot of irrigation. Costs of fertilisers made from petroleum are increasing and nitrogen run-off / leaching pollutes surface and drinking water. Originally from Mexico, maize is not a European plant. Soils contain microorganisms symbiotic with maize that help it to extract soil nutrients, and exploiting their potential in European agriculture could help reduce the problems of excess water and fertilizer use.

The objective of MICROMAIZE was to develop and validate integrated farming practices based on phytostimulation and biofertilisation to enable a reduction of chemical fertiliser usage in maize monoculture. Their final report details the tests conducted and the successful measures that can be implemented in the agricultural sector.

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