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Sustainable multifunctional fertilizer – combining bio-coatings, probiotics and struvite for phosphorus and iron supply

Objective

SUSFERT addresses the massive usage of mineral fertilisers in EU agriculture, which are largely based on non-renewable resources, but are required in intensive crop production for meeting demands for food and feed. SUSFERT will develop multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus (P) and iron (Fe) supply, which will fit into existing production processes and common EU agricultural practice.
The SUSFERT innovation combines bio-based and biodegradable coatings, probiotics, and the renewable P-source struvite in at least four novel sustainable P and Fe fertiliser products, which may partly or fully replace unsustainable and resource-intense conventional ones. SUSFERT will test novel organic formulations, microgranules, granules, and liquid fertilizer products in field trials, evaluate them regarding economic potential and environmental sustainability, ensure regulatory compliance and establish industry-scale production processes (TRL 7-8). Technological concepts include 1) probiotics based on P and Fe solubilizing Bacilli and Actinobacteria; 2) microbial siderophore (Fe chelator) produced in a demonstration plant; 3) enzymatic modification of the by-product lignin for cost effective, biodegradable controlled release coatings and product stabilization and 4) demonstration of struvite, a renewable P-source from wastewater, as a partial substitute of mineral P. Five industrial, three SME and three academic partners will contribute expertise along the whole value chain in biotechnology, microbiology, large-scale fermentation, fertilizer production and sales. We will fit the SUSFERT products into the regulatory and policy context for conventional and organic agriculture in various pedo-climatic conditions in Europe and prepare rapid market entry post-project.

Coordinator

RTDS - VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER KOMMUNIKATION UND VERMITTLUNG VON FORSCHUNG, TECHNOLOGIE UND INNOVATION (RTDS VEREIN, ENGL. RTDS ASSOCIATION)
Net EU contribution
€ 777 943,75
Address
Lerchengasse 25/2-3
1080 Wien
Austria

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (11)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 895 952,09
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 1 389 193,50
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 297 145,83
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen

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Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Antwerpen Arr. Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,01
ACIES BIO BIOTEHNOLOSKE RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO
Slovenia
Net EU contribution
€ 872 975,00
Address
Tehnoloski Park 21
1000 Ljubljana

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 374 132,14
ABITEP GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 426 025,25
Address
Glienicker Weg 185
12489 Berlin

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 182 582,25
AGRANA RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 210 357,55
Address
Friedrich-wilhelm-raiffeisen-platz 1
1010 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 90 153,23
AGRANA STARKE GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 61 741,54
Address
Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen Platz 1
1020 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 61 741,54
AGRO INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL
France
Net EU contribution
€ 1 000 168,75
Address
18 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
35400 Saint-malo

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Region
Bretagne Bretagne Ille-et-Vilaine
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 1 000 168,75
TIMAC AGRO DUNGEMITTELPRODUKTIONS UND HANDELS GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 361 622,91
Address
Am Heumarkt 10
1030 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 154 981,25
SAPPI NETHERLANDS SERVICES BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 7 469,00
Address
Biesenweg 16
6211 AA Maastricht

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Region
Limburg (NL) Zuid-Limburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 7 468,50
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

SAPPI PAPIER HOLDING GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 253 594,00
Address
Brucker Strasse 21
8101 Gratkorn

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Region
Südösterreich Steiermark Graz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 253 593,50