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Closed system for water and nutrient management in horticulture

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-31301
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2001
Duration: 48 months
Total cost: 2,697,961 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,573,536 EUR
Scientific Officer: Elzbieta CEGLARSKA
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Plant Systems

Abstract:
Throughout Europe, current horticultural practices cause very large amounts of water and nutrients to be wasted to the environment. To avoid this and to increase possibilities to control crop growth and quality, the supply of water and individual nutrients should be controlled independently and in proportion to the plant's demand, rather than supplying water and nutrients together in excess. In this project, a holistic multidisciplinary approach, combining modelling and experimental research in plant physiology, substrate physics and chemistry, sensor technology, machine learning, control and optimisation techniques and economics, is adopted to reach the objectives. In addition, the end-users already have a considerable role in the project and the last project year is used to test the integrated system at an applied research station. Furthermore, national workshops for dissemination of the results will be held during the last year in five countries.


Coordinator
Ben VOSMAN
Plant Research International B.V.
Wageningen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317476980
Fax: +31 317418094
E-mail: b.vosman@plant.wag-ur.nl


Partners
  Jean-Claude SUBTIL
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique
Avignon
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 32722000
Fax: +33 4 32722042
E-mail: veronique.castell@avignon.inra.fr
  Carmen PUERTA
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Madrid
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 913973947
Fax: +34 913975107
E-mail: maricarmen.puerta@uam.es
  Nicolaos ARAVAS
University of Thessaly
Volos
GREECE
Tel.: +30 421367074572
Fax: +30 42136707
E-mail: ee@uth.gr
  Hilke WUERDEMANN
Universität Karlsruhe
Karlsruhe
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 721 6084340
Fax: +49 721 6083970
E-mail: hilke.wuerdemann@verwaltung.uni-karlsruhe.de
  François RINALDI
Centre Technique Interprofessionnel des Fruits et Légumes
Carquefou
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 47701693
Fax: +33 1 42462113
E-mail: rinaldi@ctifl.fr
  Eke EISMA
Technische Handelmaatschappij Van Vliet-Pijnacker b.v.
Pijnacker
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 153620300
Fax: +31 153693038
E-mail: eeisma@vanvliet.com
  Henrik Frank NIELSEN
Grodania A/S
Hedehusene
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 46 560400
Fax: +45 46561211
  Alex VAN LOON
HYDRION BV
Wagenigen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 317415551
E-mail: l.van.loon@hydrion.nl