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EFFICIENCY IN USE OF RESOURCES: OPTIMIZATION IN POTATO PRODUCTION

Objective



The purpose of this Concerted Action is to provide a link between national programmes, pooling data, and harmonizing practices. With the large amount of effort that is being devoted to the problem of nitrogen nutrition in the potato crop, the outstanding requirement is the development 0 a forum or network that will enable researchers throughout Europe, and in co-operating countries, to collaborate, to exchange ideas, to develop common protocols. A principal focus of the Action will b collectively to develop methodologies to be used, as appropriate, by producers, laboratories and policy makers and, ultimately, to develop a definition of how decisions should be made by growers and managers to optimize the nitrogen nutrition of their crops. The objectives are to:- Develop means for farmers to grow potato crops in which the supply and demand for N are in balance, so as to limit losses of N to the environment, and yet to maintain yield levels. Provide a rational assessment of the value of animal.manures; thereby to optimize a resource, minimize a pollution problem, and minimize on the energy and other costs of mineral N. And, as a necessary corollary to develop means for farmers to optimize demands on water resources by using only sufficient water to capitalise on available N while avoiding both stress and leaching, or by alternative procedures including methods of controlled drainage. These each lead to subsidiary but contributory objectives detailed in Section 2 'Work Content'.
And, finally, as a necessity to give value to the outcome of the Action it will address dissemination of its work in four ways: (i) Publish a handbook of methods to assist practitioners in the field in the methods and procedures to use, written and produced with the practitioner in mind. (ii) Outline the requirements for a computerized decision support system. (iii) Prepare plans for a Demonstration Project. (iv) Convene a special meeting between participants, representatives of the Commission, and National representatives of the water and/or agricultural industries to seek ways to promulgate the findings.
The proposals to be outlined are consistent with the objectives of Sub-Area 4.1 of the AIR II Workprogramme (p8, first objective; p53-4, Research Task 4.11) and specifically, they aim to determine and then 'promote crop production techniques whici permit a reduction of inputs (and) better protection oemenvironm toldevelop water management models for Preserving crops when precipitation is irregular.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions

Coordinator

Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)
Address
Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
United Kingdom

Participants (20)

Agricultural Development and Advisory Service (ADAS)
United Kingdom
Address
Willington Road Kirton
PE20 1EJ Boston
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES DE GEMBLOUX
Belgium
Address
Chemin De Liroux, 11
5030 Gembloux
DANISH INSTITUTE OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
Research Centre Foulum - P.o. Box 21
8830 Tjele
DLO-RESEARCH INSTITUT FOR AGROBIOLOGY AND SOIL FERTILITY
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteeg, 65 - P.o. Box 14
6708 PD Wageningen
FEDERAL CENTRE FOR CEREAL, POTATO ADN LIPID RESEARCH
Germany
Address
Schützenberg, 12 - P.o. Box 1354
32756 Detmold
HELSINKI UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Tietotie, 1
02150 Espoo
INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT CULTIVATION
Poland
Address
Czartoryskich, 8
24-100 Pulawy
Istituto di Genetica e Sperimentazione Agraria N Strampelli
Italy
Address
Marconi 1
36045 Lonigo Vicenza
KEMIRA AGRO OY LTD.
Finland
Address
Luoteisrinne, 2 - P.o. Box 44
02271 Espoo
Nutrient Management Institute NMI
Netherlands
Address
Agro Business Park 20
6708 PW Wageningen
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR AGROBIOLOGY AND SOIL FERTILITY
Netherlands
Address
Oosterweg, 92 - P.o. Box 129
9750 AC Haren
Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)
United Kingdom
Address
Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY MUNICH - WEIHENSTEPHAN
Germany
Address
Weihestephan
85350 Freising
UNIVERSIDAD DE ALMERIA
Spain
Address
Campus Universitario De La Canade De San Urbano
04120 Almeria
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
Address
Fuentenueva S/n
18071 Granada
UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO
Portugal
Address
Apartado 202
5001 Vila Real
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent
Università degli Studi di Padova
Italy
Address
Agripolis Via Romea
35020 Legnaro Padova
Università degli Studi di Udine
Italy
Address
Via Delle Scienze 208
33100 Udine
WAGENINGEN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Haarweg, 333 - P.o. Box 341
6700 AH Wageningen