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Management of soil health in horticulture using compost

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PRAKTIJKONDERZOEK PLANT AND OMGEVING B.V.
Address
Kruisbroekweg 5
2670 AA Naaldwijk
Netherlands

Participants (6)

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
Iera Odos 75
11855 Athens
BENAKI PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Greece
Address
S. Delta Street, 8
14561 Kifisia / Athina
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Rue De Sully 17
21065 Dijon
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
W. De Croylaan 42
3001 Heverlee
THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM - THE AUTHORITY FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Israel
Address

76100 Rehovot
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Arboretumlaan 4
6703 BD Wageningen