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Sustainable multifunctional fertilizer – combining bio-coatings, probiotics and struvite for phosphorus and iron supply

Objective

SUSFERT addresses the massive usage of mineral fertilisers in EU agriculture, which are largely based on non-renewable resources, but are required in intensive crop production for meeting demands for food and feed. SUSFERT will develop multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus (P) and iron (Fe) supply, which will fit into existing production processes and common EU agricultural practice.
The SUSFERT innovation combines bio-based and biodegradable coatings, probiotics, and the renewable P-source struvite in at least four novel sustainable P and Fe fertiliser products, which may partly or fully replace unsustainable and resource-intense conventional ones. SUSFERT will test novel organic formulations, microgranules, granules, and liquid fertilizer products in field trials, evaluate them regarding economic potential and environmental sustainability, ensure regulatory compliance and establish industry-scale production processes (TRL 7-8). Technological concepts include 1) probiotics based on P and Fe solubilizing Bacilli and Actinobacteria; 2) microbial siderophore (Fe chelator) produced in a demonstration plant; 3) enzymatic modification of the by-product lignin for cost effective, biodegradable controlled release coatings and product stabilization and 4) demonstration of struvite, a renewable P-source from wastewater, as a partial substitute of mineral P. Five industrial, three SME and three academic partners will contribute expertise along the whole value chain in biotechnology, microbiology, large-scale fermentation, fertilizer production and sales. We will fit the SUSFERT products into the regulatory and policy context for conventional and organic agriculture in various pedo-climatic conditions in Europe and prepare rapid market entry post-project.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics

Call for proposal

H2020-BBI-JTI-2017
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Funding Scheme

BBI-IA-DEMO - Bio-based Industries Innovation action - Demonstration

Coordinator

RTDS - VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER KOMMUNIKATION UND VERMITTLUNG VON FORSCHUNG, TECHNOLOGIE UND INNOVATION (RTDS VEREIN, ENGL. RTDS ASSOCIATION)
Address
Lerchengasse 25/2-3
1080 Wien
Austria
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 699 271,25

Participants (10)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 752 482,50
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 046 868,20
Address
Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 300 896,25
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACIES BIO BIOTEHNOLOSKE RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 544 775
Address
Tehnoloski Park 21
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ABITEP GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 422 105,25
Address
Glienicker Weg 185
12489 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRANA RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 324 964,79
Address
Friedrich-wilhelm-raiffeisen-platz 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRANA STARKE GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 210 870,83
Address
Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen Platz 1
1020 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGRO INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL
France
EU contribution
€ 628 294
Address
18 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt
35400 Saint-malo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TIMAC AGRO DUNGEMITTELPRODUKTIONS UND HANDELS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 363 387,50
Address
Am Heumarkt 10
1030 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAPPI NETHERLANDS SERVICES B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 261 063
Address
Biesenweg 16
6211 AA Maastricht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)