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Report on trials with alternative growing media (replacement of contentious input peat).

Caceres, Rafaela; Carreras, Mar; Pecenka, Ralf; Dittrich, Christian; Kir, Alev; Rayns, Francis; Conroy, Judith; Touliatos, Dennis; Schmutz, Ulrich; Lykas, Christos; Kazi, Martha; Zografou, Maria; Katsoulas, Nikolaos; McKinnon, Kirsty and Løes, Anne-Kristin (editor): Schmutz, Ulrich and Rayns, Francis (Eds.) (2022) Report on trials with alternative growing media (replacement of contentious input peat). Organic PLUS: Pathways to phase-out contentious inputs from organic agriculture in Europe Deliverable 5.8. .

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This report describes studies and experiments conducted to replace peat in growing media for certified organic growers. Peat in growing media is one contentious input which has been extensively studied in Organic-PLUS, under the lead of Rafaela Caceres (IRTA) who coordinated Task 5.5, “Examination of promising alternatives, peat”. While some of the studies referred to here have already been described in other publications, some studies are primarily described in the present report. Hence, the level of detail described here varies between the studies. The studies were conducted in countries with greatly different climatic conditions. They range from raising of olive saplings (cuttings) in Turkey (MFAL), various crops in Catalonia (IRTA, EAM), production of extruded fibre from many different plant materials in Germany (ATB), tests to reduce the need for vermiculite in growing media from composted woodchips in UK (CU) and composted horse manure with leaves from hardwood trees for vegetable transplants in Norway (NORSØK). This report includes the main results of the activity done during the project.

EPrint Type:Report
Keywords:peat, growing media, horse manure, bark, woodchips, forest residues, compost, composting, plant experiments
Agrovoc keywords:
growing media
plant growth
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Values, standards and certification > Evaluation of inputs
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > Organic-PLUS
Turkey > Olive Research Institute
Spain > IRTA (Instituto de Investigación y Tecnología Agroalimentarias de Cataluña)
Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
UK > Univ. Coventry
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:774340
Related Links:https://organic-plus.net/
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:32068
Deposited On:04 Nov 2022 12:42
Last Modified:04 Nov 2022 12:42
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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