We work (further) on residual flows from agro, agri-food and fishery activities, which are processed into compost, plant fibers, biochar and chitin. The final goal is to come up with technically sound and economically interesting cultivation substrates, in collaboration with a number of partners who contribute their practical knowledge.
Sustainable up-cycling of agro-, agrofood and fisheries residues in horticulture and agriculture as bioenergy, biochar and chitin-rich products
Horti-BlueC webinar 1: Large scale gasification for energy and biochar production
The produced charred material, named biochar, is rich in carbon and has the potential to help mitigate climate change via C sequestration. When added to growing media, biochar can increase the fertility, horticultural productivity and the resistance of plants against specific foliar and soil-borne diseases.
Horti-BlueC webinar 5: LCA on biochar in new growing media blends for strawberry and tomato
Four webinars took place in 2021 and the series will be completed with a webinar on the results of the LCA for new growing media blends with biochar for strawberry and tomato.
Horti-BlueC webinar 5 is planned for March 25th 14:00-15:30 CET (13:00-14:30 GMT).
Main research questionBASTA envisages producing biochar from residual biomass resulting in an economically valuable and sustainable end product for applications in (1) manure and biomass processing; (2) growing media; and (3) open fields.
Main research questionThe FERTIPLUS project assists the EU in the design and implementation of innovative strategies and technologies for the recycling of waste to both compost and biochar for use in agriculture. Bio-waste has a great potential for conversion into bio-energy or as an alternative to chemical fertilizers.
No more yield differences in tomato and strawberry when you remove environmentally damaging mineral wool and a large part of the peat in the cultivation substrate and replace it with renewable or less-energy-consuming products such as wood fiber, chitin, biochar and green compost, respectively.
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