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Optimizing Bio-based Fertilisers in Agriculture – Knowledgebase for New Policies

Optimizing Bio-based Fertilisers in Agriculture – Knowledgebase for New Policies

Objective

Imported mineral phosphate and fossil energy-intensive nitrogen fertilisers cause major detrimental impacts on the environment, whilst nutrient-rich side-streams/organic waste remain under-utilised. By optimising usage of bio-based fertilisers (BBF) from side-streams, ensuring their safety, building evidence-based trust in their usage and developing legislative framework for their use, it will be possible to reduce dependence upon mineral/fossil fertilisers, benefiting the environment and the EU’s economy.

LEX4BIO aims to achieve this by collecting and processing regional nutrient stock, flow, surplus and deficiency data, and reviewing and assessing the required technological solutions. Furthermore, socioeconomic benefits and limitations to increase substitution of mineral fertiliser for BBFs will be analysed. A key result of LEX4BIO will be a universal, science-based toolkit for optimising the use of BBFs in agriculture and to assess their environmental impact in terms of non-renewable energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and other LCA impact categories. LEX4BIO provides for the first time connection between production technologies of BBFs and regional requirements for the safe use of BBFs.

The large variation between EU regions in nutrient flows and regional requirements for fertilisers will be estimated by harmonised methods to produce the knowledge basis needed to set up feasible ways to redirect the nutrient flows where needed. This will be followed by classifying the best available technologies for producing regionally tailored BBFs to secure high agricultural productivity, as well as environmental protection, food safety and human health.

In LEX4BIO, the knowledge basis and recommendations will be gathered and processed together with stakeholders across Europe, providing best solutions for decreasing the dependency on imported fertilisers, closing the nutrient cycles and improving sustainability of European farming systems.

Coordinator

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Address

Latokartanonkaari 9
00790 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 871 668,75

Participants (20)

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PROMAN MANAGEMENT GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 360 318,75

JULIUS KUHN-INSTITUT BUNDESFORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR KULTURPFLANZEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 324 315

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 526 666,25

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 282 415

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 318 516,25

UNIVERSITAET HOHENHEIM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 367 500

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU STIFTUNG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 502 858,75

UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 349 720

PANNON EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 201 250

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 292 500

STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 184 800

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 231 330

AGRO INNOVATION INTERNATIONAL

France

EU Contribution

€ 222 750

LITORIJ UAB

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 31 250

RUOKAVIRASTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 84 185

SOIL CARES RESEARCH BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 183 750

EVROPROJECT OOD

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 115 925

FIELDSENSE A/S

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 118 750

POLSKA ACADEMIA NAUK INSTYTUT GOSPODARKI SUROWCAMI MINERALNYMI I ENERGIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 246 000

AGRANA RESEARCH & INNOVATION CENTER GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 183 500

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 818309

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2019

  • End date

    31 May 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.2.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.2.4.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 000 137,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 999 968,75

Coordinated by:

LUONNONVARAKESKUS

Finland