What is the project about?
Reducing the use of water and fertilizer in European horticulture, by means of innovative plant sensors and commercially available (seaweed based) biostimulants.
Why is this important?
With the expected future freshwater shortages as well as the ecological debate about the negative impact of excess fertilizers on soil; a significant reduction in the amount of water and fertilizer is required. Biostimulants have shown to have a positive impact on these aspects and if therefore of interest for the sector, including biostimulants based on seaweed. The scope of this European project can have a large impact on healthier soils and plants with reduced water usage.
What are the objectives?
- To reduce water input in horticultural crops by 20%
- To reduce fertilizer input in horticultural crops by 10%
- To develop a protocol for policy makers to measure the impact of biostimulants on fertilizer and water use efficiency of plants
- To elaborate a market study, calculating the economic potential of seaweed-based biostimulants for seaweed-producing companies in the region
What do we do in this project?
Stichting Noordzeeboerderij leads the market study to elaborate on the economic potential of seaweed-based biostimulants. Also, we are concerned with translating research outcomes into actual implementation by (and with) entrepreneurs.
What are the results so far?
- Biostimulant Market Study, 2018 (Phase 1)
- Biostimulant Market Study 2018 (Phase 2)
- The potential of local seaweed production, 2018
- Stakeholder identification and assessment, 2019
- Goals and strategy towards increasing usage of seaweed biostimulants, 2019
This project suits our priority…
Markets & Applications
Who else are involved?
Proeftuin Zwaagdijk (NL), PCS (NL), UGent (BE), NIAB EMR (UK), Dove Associates (UK), Pôle Légumes Région Nord (FR), Yncréa Hauts de France, établissement ISA Lille (FR)
Finance: €3.2 million for 4 years
Partners: 8 organizations from 3 different EU countries
Time: 01/08/2017 - 31/07/2021
Contact: Marlies for more info
Photo header: Proeftuin Zwaagdijk