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Closed system for water and nutrient management in horticulture

Objective

Throughout Europe, current horticultural practices cause very large amounts of water and nutrients to be wasted to the environment. To avoid this and to increase possibilities to control crop growth and quality, the supply of water and individual nutrients should be controlled independently and in proportion to the plant's demand, rather than supplying water and nutrients together in excess. In this project a holistic multidisciplinary approach, combining modelling and experimental research in plant physiology, substrate physics and chemistry, sensor technology, machine learning, control and optimisation techniques and economics, is adopted to reach the objectives. In addition the end users already have considerable role in the project and the last project year is used to test the integrated system at an applied research station. Furthermore, national workshops for dissemination of the results will be held during the last year in 5 countries.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

PLANT RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL B.V.
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 1
Wageningen
Netherlands

Participants (9)

Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Hungary
Address
Mueegyetem Rakpart 3-9
1111 Budapest
CENTRE TECHNIQUE INTERPROFESSIONNELDES FRUITS ET LEGUMES
France
Address
Rue Bergere 22
000 Paris
GRODAN BV
Netherlands
Address
Industrieweg, 15
6040 KO Roermond
HORTIMAX BV
Netherlands
Address
Vlielandseweg 20
2640 AB Pynacker
HYDRION B.V.
Netherlands
Address
70B,vadaring 70B
6702 EA Wageningen
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
, Domaine St Paul
84914 Avignon
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID
Spain
Address
Ciudad Universitaria De Canto Blanco
28049 Madrid
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE)
Germany
Address
Kaiserstr. 12
76128 Karlsruhe
UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY
Greece
Address
Leoforos Athinon Pedion Areos
38334 Volos