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EFFICIENT USE OF INPUT IN PROTECTED HORTICULTURE

Objective

The four-years project EUPHOROS aims at developing a sustainable greenhouse system that: does not need any fossil energy & minimizes carbon footprint of equipment; with no waste of water nor emission of fertilizers and full recycling of the substrate; with minimal need of plant protective chemicals yet with high productivity and resource use efficiency. Three commodity-based work packages (WP) will develop a diversity of innovative tools and systems to reduce energy, water, fertilisers, pesticide consumption and waste. Another WP optimizes the growing environment, developing innovative but robust monitoring tools for performance assessment, early detection and response management. The balance between environment and economy is addressed in a dedicated WP, which will quantify the reduction of resource input and carbon footprint delivered by each component of this project, together with the financial/economic consequences. Even an incremental adoption by the growers of the project results will increase competitiveness while reducing resource use of the European greenhouse production. A truly continental impact will be achieved by developing systems that are anchored in the local speciality of greenhouse industries and which are seen to respond to the diversity of climatic, economic and environmental constraints across Europe. This will be ensured by installing, testing, fine-tuning and evaluating locally relevant combinations of crops (tomato and/or rose), equipment, covering materials, cultivation techniques, monitoring and control systems in The Netherlands, Spain and Hungary. The participation of 5 commercial partners and a big growers’ organization guarantees fast implementation of the most promising results. The involvement of local stakeholders to give feed-back, and extended dissemination activities, like national & international workshops and a training course, are included to ensure the convergence of project results with market expectations and acceptance.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/waste management/recycling
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/plant breeding/crops
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 984 194
Administrative Contact
Gerard Pitlo (Mr.)

Participants (11)

INSTITUT DE RECERCA I TECNOLOGIA AGROALIMENTARIES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 347 146
Address
Ctra C-59 Km 12 Torre Marimon
08140 Caldes De Montbui Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Agustí Fonts Cavestany (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 289 139
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Franco Tognoni (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 346 143
Address
Kirby Corner Road - University House
CV4 8UW Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kate Hughes (Ms.)
FUNDACION CAJAMAR
Spain
EU contribution
€ 509 485
Address
Puerta Purchena 10 Planta 3
04001 Almeria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jerónimo J. Pérez (Dr.)
PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Participation ended

Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
6708PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerard Pitlo
SIA GROGLASS
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 105 200
Address
Katlaklna 4B
1073 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Aija Dimanta (Ms.)
HORTIMAX B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 110 400
Address
Vlielandseweg
2640 AB Pijnacker
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ad De Koning (Dr.)
PERLITE ITALIANA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 422
Address
Alzaia Trento
20094 Corsico (Milan)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iacopo Giulini (Mr.)
MORAKERT ZOLDSEG-GYUMOLCS TERMELOI ERTEKESITO SZOVETKEZET

Participation ended

Hungary
EU contribution
€ 13 840
Address
Roeszkei Ut 49
6782 Morahalom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roland Huszta (Mr.)
3R-BioPhosphate Ltd.
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 59 000
Address
Biofarm Road 58/3
2472 Kajaszo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Edward Someus (Mr.)
BASF SCHWEIZ AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 122 439
Address
Klybeckstrasse 141
4057 Basel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anita Steiner (Mrs.)