Jane Debode;Hilde Muylle;Bart Vandecasteele;
Researchers now better understand the importance of soil and substrate biology for crop cultivation, including the role of beneficial micro-organisms. Peat does not seem be a good medium for harboring micro-organisms.
Inoculation of local lignocellulosic materials for the production of sustainable growing media
News | 17/08/2021
Growing substrates with renewable resources match performance of classic, less sustainable relatives.
Tom Van Delm;Bart Vandecasteele;Greet Riebbels;
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.
Growing Media 2021 Symposium
The conference will focus on sharing expertise on growing media, soilless cultivation and compost utilization in horticulture, with sessions on:
Growing media and sustainable use of resourcesThe microbiome of growing media and integrated disease and pest controlSoilless cultivation: added value of innovations for water and nutrient use efficiencyBiochar
We warmly invite you to GrowingMedia2021, the 2nd International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture (ISHS) to be held close to the historic University city of Ghent, Belgium, from 22 until 27 August 2021.
Nico Peiren;Lisa Joos;Caroline De Tender;Jarinda Viaene;Tom Eeckhaut;Sam De Campeneere;Jane Debode;Fien Amery;Bart Vandecasteele;
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.
BASTA: Biochar’s Added value in Sustainable land use with Targeted Applications in processes, growing media & (future proof) open-field cultivation
News | 29/01/2021
Healthier plants and healthier substrates from residual flows! Horti-BlueC
The Interreg 2 Seas project Horti-BlueC puts the puzzle of different usable organic waste streams into the puzzle of creating better and more sustainable growing substrates in greenhouses.
News | 17/10/2018
Colruyt Group and partners pioneer organic soy growing in Belgium
ILVO and partners have started an innovative production concept for locally-grown organic soy.
News | 02/07/2018
Horti-BlueC: towards more sustainable and circular cultivation substrates for horticulture
Jane Debode;Nele Jacobs;Bart Vandecasteele;
Tuinbouw & sierteelt;Biologische landbouw;
This webinar is free and open to all interested parties. Register now!
Horti-BlueC webinar 4: New growing media blends for strawberry and tomato
How feasible are those valorisation chains, both technically, economically and logistically? Which processing or treatment is necessary to convert the waste streams into valuable resources for replacing peat, coir and mineral wool?
From waste to resource: Interreg 2 Seas Horti-BlueC organises 4 webinars on the valorisation of 5 local byproducts into building blocks for more sustainable growing media in horticulture.