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Top 5 -yesterday
- Coal and pink tomatoes: the challenges for Polish growers
- Healthy seeds, and good germination with Plasma Activated Water seed treatment
- J. Huete International builds high-tech greenhouse for seed research in South America
- NZ: Return of the watermelon
- Tropicalia Greenhouse in Northern France blends perfectly with surroundings
Top 5 -last week
Top 5 -last month
- Zambia: "We produce 5,000 units of lettuce per week, per tunnel, year-round"
- UK growers stop planting and put nurseries on sale amidst energy crisis and labor shortage
- Passive solar greenhouses: How Ladakh farmers are harvesting crops in winter
- "High-tech farmer AppHarvest is running out of money"
- German family company switches from tomato cultivation to hydroponic lettuce
European project AGRISENSUS:
Integrated monitoring and control of water, nutrients and plant protection
Sustainability and competitiveness of European agriculture are intrinsically related to the efficient use of water, fertilisers and Plant Protection Products (PPP), for optimizing plants needs while minimizing the environmental impacts. The joint effort of minimizing waste water, and optimizing use of nitrogen-and phosphorus-based fertilizers and PPPs is aligned to the so-called Good Agricultural Practices in the context of the circular economy, where issues such as efficiency and resilience of water use are mandatory. Based upon the premise the more you know the better you can manage, reliable decision-making systems and fertigation and water quality feedback controllers demand cost-effective, robust, low-maintenance and accurate sensor data. It is very important to evaluate the suitability of the circulating water in closed or semi-closed soilless systems and of the irrigation and drainage water in soil grown cultivation, mainly in terms of macronutrient (NPK) concentrations, salinity and contamination by PPP. So far, the available sensors technology does not meet these challenges for on-site monitoring.
AGRISENSUS is carried out by a multidisciplinary team of European experts, involving stakeholders of different backgrounds. The project is carried out under the ERA-NET Waterworks 2015 program (Water Joint Programming Initiative) for 3 years. The Dutch knowledge partner (Wageningen University & Research-BU Glastuinbouw) will focus on testing the sensors under Dutch horticultural conditions and disseminating the results from the IDC-Water in Bleiswijk.
The new sensors will lead to new markets for the European water technology sector worldwide, which will strengthen the competitiveness and growth of SMEs and related companies. With the sensors, growers will be provided with information about the water quality of their pour and discharge water and can decide on the basis of concrete reliable information how and when to irrigate and discharge and whether precious purification is recommended for discharge. The result is a significant increase in the efficiency of water and fertilizer administration, which makes economical accountability of water and fertilizers, preventing or significantly reducing contamination of surface and groundwater.
Source: Wageningen University & Research
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