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The NUTRI-CHECK NETwork to maximise site-specific precision in managing the nutrition of European arable crops.

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Growing online nutrition tools for crop management

Europe is facing challenges in terms of a need to increase crop productivity whilst reducing dependency on synthetic fertilisers and minimising nutrient losses. The EU-funded NUTRICHECK-NET project will establish a self-sustaining, multi-actor thematic network to encourage farm-level adoption of the best field-specific nutrient management practices. Crop Nutrition Clubs (CNCs) will explore the existing challenges concerning crop nutrition in nine countries, evaluating the effectiveness of tools and methodologies – adopting farm- and field-specific "measure to manage" approaches. Decision-systems and nutrition tools identified by National Expert Groups will be collated into the online NUTRI-CHECK NET platform, to improve accessibility across Europe. Initial and final evaluations will be shared across the network to define best practices, which will be demonstrated and disseminated widely.

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Europe faces huge and urgent challenges of increasing crop productivity whilst reducing use of synthetic fertilisers and nutrient losses. This proposal is to establish a self-sustaining, multi-actor, Thematic Network called “NUTRI-CHECK NET” that builds farm-level adoption of best field-specific nutrient management practices across Europe. In nine countries farmers’ Crop Nutrition Clubs (CNC) will identify and share the nature of their uncertainties about crop nutrition, their challenges and barriers to change. Decision-systems and nutrition tools (including commercial products, services, and recent research outputs) will be assembled by national experts from across Europe, including leading farmers, into a common online NUTRI-CHECK NET platform. CNCs will then evaluate effectiveness of new protocols and tools selected from the a toolbox to meet their main challenges. Thence they will co-create and adopt farm- and field-specific ‘measure-to-manage’ approaches that address their crop nutrition challenge(s). Evaluations of protocols and tools by farmers and experts will address their ease of use, trustworthiness, costs, and benefits. Initial and final evaluations will be shared across the Network to define ‘best practices’, which will be demonstrated and disseminated widely, including through liaison with other relevant Thematic Networks and EIP-AGRI. The toolbox and best practices will be held accessible and improvable in perpetua on EU FarmBook. Widespread adoption of ‘measure-to-manage’ or ‘check-to-change’ approaches to crop nutrition will enhance nutrient recycling and crop productivity, whilst reducing synthetic fertiliser use and nutrient losses across Europe.

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GEOPONIKO PANEPISTIMION ATHINON
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€ 362 400,00
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Iera odos 75
11855 Athina
Greece

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Αττική Aττική Κεντρικός Τομέας Αθηνών
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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