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

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.
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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

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 699 271,25

Participants (10)

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AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 752 482,50

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 1 046 868,20

UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 300 896,25

ACIES BIO BIOTEHNOLOSKE RAZISKAVE IN RAZVOJ DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 544 775

ABITEP GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 422 105,25

AGRANA RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 324 964,79

AGRANA STARKE GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 1 210 870,83

AGRO INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 628 294

TIMAC AGRO DUNGEMITTELPRODUKTIONS UND HANDELS GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 363 387,50

SAPPI NETHERLANDS SERVICES B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 261 063

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 792021

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 364 590,27

  • EU contribution

    € 6 554 978,57

Coordinated by:

RTDS - VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER KOMMUNIKATION UND VERMITTLUNG VON FORSCHUNG, TECHNOLOGIE UND INNOVATION (RTDS VEREIN, ENGL. RTDS ASSOCIATION)

Austria