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Efficiency in use of resources: optimisation in potato production

Contract nr: FAIR-CT96-1560
Project nr: 1560
Project type: CA
Starting date: 01/02/1997
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 435,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 435,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Armin MÜNZINGER
Research topic: Optimisation of methods, systems and primary production chains
Acronym: EUROPP

Background:
The purpose of this Concerted Action is to provide a link between national programmes, pooling data and harmonising practices. With the large amount of effort that is being devoted to the problem of nitrogen nutrition in the potato crop, the outstanding requirement is the development of a forum or network that will enable researchers throughout Europe and in co-operating countries to collaborate, exchange ideas and develop common protocols. A principal focus of the Action will be to collectively develop methodologies to be used, as appropriate, by producers, laboratories and policy makers and, ultimately, to develop a definition of how decisions should be made by growers and managers to optimise the nitrogen nutrition of their crops.

Objectives:
The objectives are to:
- Develop means for farmers to grow potato crops in which the supply and demand for N are in balance, so as to limit losses of N to the environment and maintain yield levels.
- Provide a rational assessment of the value of animal manures; thereby optimising a resource, minimising a pollution problem and minimising the energy and other costs of mineral N.
- And, as a necessary corollary to develop means for farmers to optimise demands on water resources by using only sufficient water to capitalise on available N while avoiding both stress and leaching, or by alternative procedures, including controlled drainage methods.
These each lead to subsidiary but contributory objectives detailed in Section 2 'Work Content'.
And, finally, as a necessity to give value to the outcome of the Action, it will address dissemination of its work in four ways:
(i) Publish a handbook of methods to assist practitioners in the field in the methods and procedures to use, written and produced with the practitioner in mind.
(ii) Outline the requirements for a computerised decision support system.
(iii) Prepare plans for a Demonstration Project.
(iv) Convene a special meeting between participants, representatives of the Commission, and National representatives of the water and/or agricultural industries to seek ways to promulgate the findings. The proposal aims to determine and then promote crop production techniques which permit a reduction of inputs (and) better protection of the environment and to develop water management models for preserving crops when precipitation is irregular.

Current situation/results:
The tasks of the Concerted Action have been completed. Of the deliverables, item (I), the handbook, has been published; item (iv), the final conference, has been held. The outline of a decision support system will be attached to the final report, which is in preparation. A demonstration project has been planned and will be included in a proposed `cluster' within the Framework 5 programme.

Website: http://www.water.hut.fi/wr/EUROPP/


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Donald MacKerron
Scottish Crop Research Institute
Invergowrie
UK-DD2 5DA Dundee
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E-mail: D.Mackerron@scri.sari.ac.uk


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