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European network to investigate environmental problems associated with the nitrogen fertilisation of field grown vegetable crops

Contract nr: FAIR-CT96-1309
Project nr: 1309
Project type: CA
Starting date: 01/01/1997
Duration: 42 months
Total cost: 265,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 265,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Armin MÜNZINGER
Research topic: Agriculture-environment interactions
Acronym: ENVEG

Background:
Large amounts of nitrogen are applied to intensively managed land where field vegetables are grown. Concerns about high nitrate levels in produce and large amounts of potentially leachable nitrogen from such intensive land use, demand careful research to maximise sustainability of the industry, maintaining produce quality without the risk of groundwater pollution. Research into the nutrition of field grown vegetable crops across Europe has distinct constraints to deal with, such as:
1) the complexity created by the large number and diversity of crops grown;
2) the lack of research institutes dedicated to research and development in this area;
3) minor funding for research compared with vast income from production of such crops.
These constraints cannot easily be overcome by the action of researchers in individual countries, but need a concerted approach, pooling knowledge and expertise to benefit individual member countries and the community as a whole.

Objectives:
The objective of this Concerted Action is to set up a large dynamic network which will allow free exchange of research information between up to 21 participants representing 15 countries within the European Community. The information gathered will be stored in a standardised format on a database. This will point to those areas of research which are being duplicated by the Member States.

The network will help to identify gaps in knowledge that need further research. This in turn will lead to more focused research by the Community states and the possibilities of setting up new programmes of collaborative work involving more than one nation. It will also identify those areas of action which can be better undertaken by the European Commission within its research and development programmes. The concerted action will identify the techniques in experimentation which will provide data that is most likely to be useful in devising and directing the implementation of EC directives aimed at improving water quality. The results of the work will be widely publicised to an audience including policy makers, research scientists, crop extension officers, fertiliser manufacturers and key producers and wholesalers of field vegetables. Steps will also be taken to investigate the continuance of data exchange and the maintenance of the proposed database beyond the life of this Concerted Action.
The proposed work will provide a source of information for the development of 'rules' to enable community members to produce field vegetable crops using 'environmentally sound practices', as required by draft EC regulations relating to the 'Common organisation of the market in fruit and vegetables' (9946/96), part of the requirements of the proposed reforms. Such work will help Member States to satisfy the community needs of quality field vegetables whilst minimising the risk of nitrate leaching into ground or coastal waters.

Description:
This network will help to identify gaps in knowledge that require further research. In turn, this will lead to more focused national research and the possibilities of setting up new programmes of collaborative work involving more than one nation. The action will identify the techniques in experimentation which will provide data that is most likely to be useful in devising and directing the implementation of EC directives aimed at improving water quality. The results of the work will be widely publicised to an audience including policy makers, research scientists, crop extension officers, fertiliser manufacturers, and key producers and wholesalers of field vegetables. Steps will also be taken to investigate the continuance of data exchange beyond the life of this concerted action. The proposed work will lead to the improvement in production systems within the reformed common agricultural policy, satisfying community needs of quality field vegetables whilst minimising the risk of nitrate leaching into ground or coastal waters.

Current situation/results:
Five copies of the bi-annual newsletter 'ENVEG News' have been published. The proceedings of the 1999 open meeting will be published in an edition of 'Acta Horticulturae'.

Website:
The ENVEG website is available at http://www.hri.ac.uk/enveg/


Coordinator
Clive RAHN
Horticulture Research International
Wellesbourne
UK-CV35 9EF Warwick
Tel.: +44 1789 47 03 82
Fax: +44 1789 47 05 52
E-mail: clive.rahn@hri.ac.uk


Partners

  • Carlos RAMOS
    Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA)
    Apdo. Oficial
    E-46113 Moncada
    Tel.: +34 961 39 10 00
    Fax: +34 961 39 02 40
    E-mail: carlos.ramos@ivia.es

  • Christine BISSUEL-BELAYGUE
    ENSA - Rennes
    65 Rue de Saint Brieuc
    F-35042 Rennes
    Tel.: +33 2 99 28 54 82
    Fax: +33 2 99 28 54 80
    E-mail: bissuel@agrorennes.educagri.fr

  • Hugh RILEY
    Norwegian Crop Research Institute
    N-2350 Nes På Hedmark
    Tel.: +47 62 35 23 00
    Fax: +47 62 35 24 90
    E-mail: hugh.riley@planteforsk.no

  • Ulrike WEIER
    Teaching and Research Institute for Horticulture
    Heisterbergallee 12
    D-30453 Hannover
    Tel.: +49 511 400 51 52
    Fax: +49 511 400 52 00
    E-mail: weier@lawikhan.de

  • Matthias FINK
    Institute for Vegetables and Ornamental Crops
    Theodor Echtermeyer weg 1
    D-14979 Grossbeeren
    Tel.: +49 337 017 83 55
    Fax: +49 337 015 53 91
    E-mail: fink@igzev.de

  • Helen SETATOU
    National Agricultural Research Foundation
    GR-145 69 Thessaloniki
    Tel.: +30 3 147 34 29
    Fax: +30 3 147 12 80
    E-mail: elset@the.forthnet.gr

  • Christian GYSI
    Swiss Federal Research Station for Fruit Growing, Viticulture and Horticulture
    Schloss
    CH-8820 Wadenswil
    Switzerland
    Tel.: +41 17 83 61 11
    Fax: +41 17 80 63 41
    E-mail: christian.gysi@mbox.faw.admin.ch

  • Vito BIANCO
    Institute of Agronomy and Field Crops
    Via Giovanni Amendola 165A
    I-70126 Bari
    Tel.: +39 80 544 30 98
    Fax: +39 80 544 28 13
    E-mail: ioriae02@area.ba.cnr.it

  • Leonidas PANAGIOTOPOULOS
    National Agricultural research Foundation
    Plant Protection Institute
    P.O. Box 5149
    GR-260 04 Patras
    Tel.: +30 6 142 85 46
    Fax: +30 6 145 30 62
    E-mail: leo@teimes.gr

  • Claudia CORDOVIL
    Instituto Superior de Agronomia
    Tapada da Ajuda
    P-1349-017 Lisboa
    Tel.: +351 21 363 79 70
    Fax: +351 21 363 50 31
    E-mail: cmscordovil@isa.utl.pt

  • Jorn SORENSEN
    Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
    Kirtstinebjergvej 6
    DK-5792 Aarslev
    Tel.: +45 65 99 17 66
    Fax: +45 65 99 25 98
    E-mail: JornN.Sorensen@agrsci.dk

  • Birgitta BATH
    Swedish University of Agricultural Science
    P.O. Box 7052
    S-75907 Uppsala
    Tel.: +46 18 67 17 30
    Fax: +46 18 67 28 93
    E-mail: bbath@pinus.slu.se

  • Michael DACHLER
    Federal Office and Research Centre for Agriculture
    Spargelfeldstraße 191
    A-1226 Vienna
    Tel.: +43 73216 3159
    Fax: +43 73216 3107
    E-mail: mdachler@bfl.at

  • Georges HOFMAN
    Universiteit Gent
    Coupure links 653
    B-9000 Gent
    Tel.: +32 9 264 60 53
    Fax: +32 9 264 62 47
    E-mail: georges.hofman@rug.ac.be

  • Hubert TITULAER
    Research Station for Arable Farming and Field Protection of Vegetables
    P.O. Box 430
    NL-8200 AK Lelystad
    Tel.: +31 320 29 11 11
    Fax: +31 320 23 04 79
    E-mail: h.h.h.titulaer@pav.agro.nl

  • Janne PULKKINEN
    Kemira Agro Oy
    P.O. Box 330
    FIN-00101 Helsinki
    Tel.: +358 10 86 21426
    Fax: +358 10 86 21384
    E-mail: janne.pulkkinen@kemira.com
 
 
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