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DISSEMINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF RESEARCH RESULTS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS FROM FARM WASTES : A EUROPEAN WASTE ENGINEERING EXPERT SYSTEM

Objective

Inadequate management and disposal of livestock wastes cause many farm pollution incidents. Often, these problems could be avoided by better planning and implementation of available technology. Many effective techniques have been developed through research and the results have been published in the scientific literature. Whilst this information is useful for a handful of expert specialists, the knowledge is not readily available to the farmers and their advisers facing the immediate problems. The development of EWEES, a European Waste Engineering Expert System represents a significant step towards closing this communication gap.

The objective of EWEES is to construct a computer-based expert system which will conveniently disseminate up-to-date information and recommendations for reducing or eliminating environmental problems from farm livestock wastes.
Inadequate management and disposal of farm wastes causes many farm pollution incidents. Often, these problems could be avoided by better planning and implementation of available technology. Many effective techniques have been developed through research and the results have been published in the scientific literature. While this information is useful to experts, the knowledge is not readily available to farmers and their advisers, who face the immediate problem. The European waste engineering expert system (EWEES), is intended to be a significant step in closing this communication gap. The object of EWEES is to construct a computer based expert system which will conveniently disseminate up to date information and recommendations for reducing or eliminating environmental problems from farm livestock wastes.

Information and knowledge on most of the EWEES topics has been gathered together from national and international sources and this work is continuing, together with the writing of topic analysis summaries. A common software protocol has been developed that will facilitate interfacing with external databases. The design of a user interface has been agreed that will allow flexible programming but with consistent usage features. 3 topics, namely, aerobic treatment, economic analysis and odour control have already been combined in an integrated expert system format. This constitutes a useful prototype of the final EWEES software.
EWEES will include technical, managerial, economic and legislative information on topics such as : odour control, water pollution, plant nutrients, composting, anaerobic digestion and the design of handling and storage systems.

Public sector users and administrators will save time in collating and reporting information; technical and commercial users will be able to design efficient systems for avoiding agricultural pollution.

Coordinator

AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD RESEARCH COUNCIL - SILSOE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Address
Wrest Park Silsoe
MK454HS Bedford
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

ALGOSYSTEMS S.A. - APPLIED RESEARCH DEPARTMENT
Greece
Address
Sygrou Avenue 183
17121 Athinai
INSTITUUT VOOR MECHANISATIE, ARBEID EN GEBOUWEN
Netherlands
Address

6700AA Wageningen
TEAGASC (AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY)
Ireland
Address
Sandymount Ave. 19
4 Dublin
Università degli Studi di Milano
Italy
Address
Via Celoria 2
20133 Milano