Use of compost in horticulture as a soil amendment and nutrient source for plants and the soil microbial community will contribute to the recycling of waste and reduce the use of non-renewable artificial fertilizers and, for many pot cultures, reduce the use of non-renewable peat, compared to other systems. The general objective of this RTD-proposal is to provide essential information on the safe application of compost in horticulture to provide more sustainable production systems with respect to disease suppression and nutrient management. The focus will be on four key-Ares:
(1) define compost process conditions need to kill pathogens,
(2) predict plant disease characteristics of various types of compost,
(3) enrich compost with antagonists and
(4) implement use of compost in horticulture. Batches of compost will be tested in NW-, CW-, and S-Europe. Specialists in soil microbiology, soil fauna and physiochemical assessments will analyse these compost and compost/soil mixtures.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
14561 Kifisia / Athina
6703 BD Wageningen