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Maximisation of greenhouse horticulture production with low quality irrigation waters

Objective

Agriculture in the European Union faces some serious challenges in the coming decades:competition for water resources, rising costs, competition for international markets, changes in climate and uncertainties in the effectiveness of current European policies as adaptation strategies. Greenhouse production appears as an alternative to face some of the upcoming challenges. In 2009, the surface dedicated to greenhouse production at worldwide level was up to 800kha, from which 20% belongs to Europe. This production is characterised by a climate conditions associated to fourth climate regions, which allows for diversity in technologies and practices used for greenhouse vegetable production. On the other hand, The EU is the main export destination with almost one-half of the world’s imports. In the period 2002-2008, fruit and vegetables imports have experimented a constantly growth (up to 39% for this period).Therefore, in order to ensure their competitiveness against producers from other Non-European countries with lower labour costs as Morocco, or Israel, European growers need to adopt new agricultural technologies to improve net production, ensure quality and reduce production costs. On the other hand, European aquaculture represents 20% of the total fish production. Major environmental impacts of aquaculture have been associated mainly with high-output of wastewater of intensive systems. In 2009, the Commission proposed a strategy for the future of the European aquaculture which includes new wastewater management strategies.In order to satisfy the needs of this two different sectors, Carbgrowth aims to: (1)increase net production and tolerance to salinity through CO2 injection (2)recover CO2 for injection by photocatalysis (3)reusing industrial wastewater for irrigation purposes and reducing the cost associated to water supply, (4)reduce charge loses in irrigation systems.(5)Develop process control to optimise irrigation, CO2 injection and greenhouse climate control.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/water management/irrigation
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/fisheries
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/hydrology
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

INSTITUTO MURCIANO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO AGRARIO Y ALIMENTARIO (IMIDA)
Address
Mayor
30150 La Alberca
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 80 089
Administrative Contact
Carmen Egea García (Ms.)

Participants (10)

ASOCIACION MEDITERRANEA DE ORGANIZACIONES DE PRODUCTORES AGRARIOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 254 131
Address
Calle Caballero 13
30002 Murcia
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Carmen Hernandez Ortega (Ms.)
CAMERA DI COMMERCIO, INDUSTRIA, ARTIGIANATO E AGRICOLTURA DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 298 671
Address
Via Meravigli 9/B
20123 Milano
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Attilio Martinetti (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION RHONE ALPES TECHNIQUES HORTICOLES
France
EU contribution
€ 410 738
Address
Chemin De Finday 135
69126 Brindas
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Serge Lepage (Mr.)
RIEGOS Y TECNOLOGIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 310 701
Address
Calle Circunvalacion Calabardin Aguilas
30880 Murcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luis Miguel Peregrín Caballero (Mr.)
DAMCO ZA UNUTARNJU I VANJSKU TRGOVINU DOO
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 249 260
Address
Brace Radic 13
44322 Lipovljani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vladimir Dam (Mr.)
ST ANDREWS FARM AND BUILDING COMPANY LIMITED LIABILITY
Malta
EU contribution
€ 213 133
Address
St Andrews Farm 2 Triq Il Qasam
SWQ3029 Swieqi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joe Aquilina (Mr.)
AQUABIOTECH LIMITED
Malta
EU contribution
€ 8 400
Address
Naggar Street Central Complex
MST 1761 Mosta
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria-Liza Scicluna (Ms.)
NOVAMINA CENTAR INOVATIVNIH TEHNOLOGIJA DOO
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 9 060
Address
Jackovinsli Klanec 17
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jasmina Petrinovic (Ms.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 14 825
Address
Calle Miguel Villanueva 2 6 Piso Puerta 3
26001 Logrono
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
FEDERATIA NATIONALA A SINDICATELORDIN AGRICULTURA TUTUN DOMENII SI SERVICII CONEXE AGROSTAR
Romania
EU contribution
€ 15 811
Address
Piata Cpt Walter Maracineanu 1 3
010155 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Tudor Dorobantu (Mr.)