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Crop growth effects of processed raw materials applied as fertilisers or growth stimulators – a summary of partial EU project results

Zurawicz, Edward; Stutterheim, Nicolas; Bruns, Christian and Sas-Paszt, Lidia. (2006) Crop growth effects of processed raw materials applied as fertilisers or growth stimulators – a summary of partial EU project results. Poster at: Organic Farming and European Rural Development. Proceedings of the European Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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In an EU CRAFT project (COOP-CT-2004-508458) running from March 2004 to March 2006, an international consortium of producers of environmen-tally benign crop inputs (BFPs: Biological Food for Plants), RTD performers and end users, evaluated the production and use of BFPs manufactured from differ-ent raw materials: bovine hides, trees, and herba-ceous species. At the manufacturing level, production methods and procedures were reviewed to establish possible relationships between processing steps and end-product quality. At the field level, the BFP prod-ucts were applied as solid pellets or liquids, as fertil-isers or sprays, respectively, on organically grown potatoes and tomatoes and conventionally grown watermelon, cauliflower, strawberries, black currant, raspberries and apples. Evaluations were made of yield, plant health, quality aspects, and environmental effects of the products. In this paper, some Polish crop growth results are presented. In most of the experiments the solid BFP fertilisers did not give positive growth effects additional to those obtained with conventional fertilisers, probably because of the very high fertility levels of the soils used. One of the liquid BFP products applied as a spray performed very well in most experiments. It is concluded that espe-cially liquid BFPs can have very promising effects on crop performance and as such they merit much more scientific attention than what is evident to date.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 4: Crop systems and soils
Deposited By: Stutterheim, Dr. Nicolas
ID Code:7388
Deposited On:10 May 2006
Last Modified:15 Apr 2011 08:48
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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