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Recycling organic solids in agriculture

Contract nr: FAIR-CT97-3779
Project nr: 3779
Project type: CA
Starting date: 01/04/1998
Duration: 24 months
Total cost: 72,200 EUR
EC Contribution: 72,200 EUR
Scientific Officer: Armin MÜNZINGER
Research topic: Agriculture-environment interactions
Acronym: ROSA

Background:
Solid manures from livestock production and other solid organic residue from non-agricultural sources are potentially useful sources of plant nutrients although, at present, they are seriously under-utilised in favour of inorganic fertilisers. These wastes are a considerable resource and also leads to additional, avoidable, environmental burdens. In the future, the problems of the disposal of organic solids are likely to increase. For instance, it is expected that more farm animals will be kept on deep litter or straw to improve their welfare. The utilisation of organic solids is not without some difficulties. For example, there are reasonable concerns about food safety arising from the land application of certain non-agricultural organic solids. Non-food crop farming systems need to be considered as alternative safe sinks for some materials. Hence, research is needed to facilitate the attainment of a high nutrient efficiency from solid organic residues whilst maintaining the safety and quality of food production, minimising the risks of environmental pollution and protecting the long-term fertility of soils. At present, there are no effective international arrangements in place to ensure proper co-ordination of this activity.

Objectives:
Hence, the overall objective of this Concerted Action is to improve the exchange and dissemination of information concerning the utilisation of solid organic residues in agriculture. Within this framework, the specific objectives are as follows:

  • to review the current approaches to utilisation of organic solids throughout Europe;
  • to exchange experience on technical, environmental and economic aspects;
  • to identify the constraints which prevent more effective utilisation of organic solids, and to specify the technological developments needed to ease some of these constraints and to enable alternative utilisation strategies;
  • to define a future international research strategy which will facilitate better utilisation of organic solids.

Description:
Fifteen participants are involved, contributing expertise in topics such as sources and quantities of organic solids; sampling and processing; accurate spreading on crops; crop response; and environmental implications. Four meetings are planned over a period of two years (1998-00), each reporting on a particular aspect of the problem: current practice, research review, constraints of recycling, and future research strategies. The reports from the first three meetings will be consolidated and updated in the final report which will be structured for widespread dissemination.

Current situation/results:
The following reports have been produced during the project:

  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M. (editors) (1998), "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture (ROSA)": Report of first meeting: JTI, Uppsala, Sweden, (24-25/9/98). Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/924/98/1731 (December 1998).
  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M. (editors) (1999), "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture (ROSA)": Report of second meeting: LUFA, Oldenburg, Germany (25-26/2/99). Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/950/99/1731 (April 1999).
  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M., "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture, ROSA": First Periodic Progress Report. Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/951/99/1731 (April 1999).
  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M. (editors) (1999), "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture (ROSA)": Report of third meeting: SRI, United Kingdom, (4-5/10/99). Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/1007/99/1731 (December 1999).
  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M. (editors) (2000), "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture (ROSA)": Report of fourth meeting: University of Reggio Calabria, Italy (17-18/1/00). Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/1039/00/1731 (February 2000).
  • CUMBY, T.R., SCOTFORD, I.M., "Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture, ROSA": Second Periodic Progress Report. Silsoe Research Institute Contract Report CR/1040/00/1731 (March 2000).

Website: http://www.sri.bbsrc.ac.uk/scigrps/sgmain.htm


Coordinator
Trevor CUMBY
SILSOE Research Institute
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E-mail: trevor.cumby@bbsrc.ac.uk


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