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FERTIPLUS Reducing mineral fertilisers and agro-chemicals by recycling treated organic waste as compost and bio-char products

Objective

FERTIPLUS will identify urban and farm organic wastes that can be used to recycle nutrients into agriculture as biochar, compost or combinations of them. Urban and farm organic residues are a large source of nutrients and today not used to its full potential. FERTIPLUS will assess and use this potential and contribute to sustainable crop production and soil productivity and quality across regions in Europe. It will demonstrate effective innovative processing and application of biochar and compost while ensuring safety for soil organisms, the environment and human health throughout the food chain as far as potential mineral and organic contaminants are concerned. FERTIPLUS will assess scenarios on amount and quality of organic wastes available within the EU in the near future to identify and map their potential for recycling nutrients to soil and plants in biochar or compost.

Production processes for compost and biochar are reviewed and new technologies will be designed to obtain high quality biochar with functionalities related to site-specific targets of sustainable soil management. Compost and biochar amendments will be compared in lab and field trials for agronomical and environmental impacts (crop production, disease suppression, soil C sequestration, prevention of GHG emissions and leaching losses) and biofuel and energy balance. Results will be used to complete a Life Cycle Analysis and define the best application practices for an effective and safe use of the final products in agriculture in an economically viable way. The consortium combines the expertise needed for these goals and involve 6 SMEs to guarantee rapid implementation of results and innovations in line with future regulatory projects (e.g. End of Waste criteria for bio-wastes, revision of Fertilisers Regulation) . Focused dissemination and communication actions include a website, brochures and meetings on innovations targeted to stakeholders and extension services.

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2011-5
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Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 368 041
Administrative Contact
Peter Kuikman (Dr.)

Participants (13)

BAUHAUS-UNIVERSITAET WEIMAR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 195 536
Address
Geschwister Scholl Strasse 8
99423 Weimar
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrea Adelmeier (Ms.)
VLAAMSE GEWEST
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 328 080
Address
Avenue Du Port 88
1000 Brussel
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Van Bockstaele (Prof.)
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 368 948
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Hamilton (Mr.)
ORGANIC WASTE SYSTEMS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 50 262
Address
Dok Noord 5
9000 Gent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Peene (Mr.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 334 950
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 324 790
Address
Via Po 14
00198 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anna Benedetti (Dr.)
IDCONSORTIUM SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 402 657
Address
Calle Betis 30
41010 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Castiglioni (Mr.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 100 122
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Pels (Dr.)
GRAPHITE RESOURCES (KNIGHTSBRIDGE) LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 46 433
Address
Higham Place 6
NE1 8AF Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Philip Noakes (Mr.)
FUNDACION PARA LAS TECNOLOGIAS AUXILIARES DE LA AGRICULTURA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 213 256
Address
Avda De La Innovacion 23 Parque Tecnologico De Almeria El Alquian
04131 Almeria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mª Carmen Galera (Ms.)
PROININSO S.A
Spain
EU contribution
€ 98 300
Address
Carretera Azucarera Intelhorce 27
29004 Malaga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Quero (Mr.)
IRIS-Isontina Reti Integrate e Servizi
Italy
EU contribution
€ 65 500
Address
Via Ix Agosto 15
34127 Gorizia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuliano Sponton (Mr.)
GESTORA DE RESIDUOS DEL SUR S.L
Spain
EU contribution
€ 86 849
Address
C/periodista Menual Soriano 6
04120 Almeria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Miguel Gongora (Mr.)