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EUROPEAN NETWORK TO INVESTIGATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE NITROGEN FERTILISATION OF FIELD GROWN VEGETABLE CROPS

Objective



Large amounts of nitrogen are applied to intensively managed land where field Large amounts of nitrogen are applied to intensive
vegetables are grown. Concerns about high nitrate levels in produce and large amounts of potentially Teachable nitrogen from such intensive land use demand careful research to maximise sustainability of the industry, maintaining produce quality without the risk of ground water pollution.
Research into the nutrition of field grown vegetable crops across Europe has distinct constraints to deal with such as:
1. The complexity created by the large number and diversity of cropsgrown.
2. The thin distribution of research institutes dedicated to research and development in this area.
3. Minor funding for research compared with vast income from production of such crops.
These constraints cannot easily be overcome by the action of researchers in individual countries but needs a concerted approach, pooling knowledge and expertise to benefit individual member countries and the community as a whole. Therefore a large dynamic network will be set up which will allow free exchange of research information between partners representing 15 countries within Europe. Such a network will help to identify gaps in knowledge that need further research, This in turn will lead to more focused national research and the possibilities of setting up new programmes of collaborative work involving more than one nation. The action will identify the techniques in experimentation which will provide data that is most likely to be useful in devising and directing the implementation of EC directives aimed at improving water quality.
The results of the work will be widely publicised to an audience including policy makers, research scientists, crop extension officers, fertiliser manufacturers and key producers and wholesalers of field vegetables. Steps will also be taken to investigate the continuance of data exchange beyond the life of this concerted action.
The proposed work will lead to the improvement in production systems within the reformed common agricultural policy, satisfying community needs of quality field vegetables whilst minimising the risk of nitrate leaching into ground or coastal waters.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions
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Coordinator

HORTICULTURE RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL
Address
Wellesbourne
CV35 9EF Warwick
United Kingdom

Participants (16)

BUNDESAMT UND FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FÜR LANDWIRTSCHAFT
Austria
Address
Spargelfeldstraße, 191
1226 Vienna
DANISH INSTITUTE OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
Kirtstinebjergvej, 6
5792 Aarslev
I.N.R.A.
France
Address
Rue De Saint Brieuc, 65
35042 Rennes
INSTITUTE FOR VEGETABLES AND ORNAMENTAL CROPS
Germany
Address
Theodor Echtermeyer Weg, 1
14979 Grossbeeren
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR DE AGRONOMIA
Portugal
Address
Tapada Da Ajuda
1399 Lisboa
KEMIRA AGRO OY
Finland
Address
Luoteisrinne, 2
02271 Espoo
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION - PLANT PROTECTION INSTITUTE
Greece
Address
P.o. Box 5149
260 04 Patras
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION - SOIL SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Greece
Address

145 69 Thessaloniki
NORWEGIAN PLANT RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Norway
Address

2350 Nes Hedmark
RESEARCH STATION FOR ARABLE FARMING AND FIELD PROTECTION OF VEGETABLES
Netherlands
Address
Edelhertweg, 1 - P.o. Box 430
8200 AK Lelystad
SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE
Sweden
Address
P.o. Box 7052
75907 Uppsala
SWISS FEDERAL RESEARCH STATION FOR FRUIT GROWING, VITICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
Switzerland
Address
Schloss
8820 Wadenswil
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR HORTICULTURE
Germany
Address
Heisterbergallee, 12
30453 Hannover
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent
Università degli Studi di Bari
Italy
Address
Via Giovanni Amendola 165/A
70126 Bari
VALENCIANO INSTITUTE FOR AGRONOMIC RESEARCH
Spain
Address
Apdo Oficial
46113 Moncada