Management of cropping systems and soil fertility, quality of agricultural products and agricultural by-product recovery


Organic greenhouse horticulture

   Background

 The main research activity is based on the production of compost from the farm wastes and on the testing of substrates in the greenhouse (and/or nursery). Crucial variables are the nutritional requirements of the cultivated plants and the irrigation strategies adopted.

Timing:
Starting: 2.01.2005
Scheduled ending: 25.06.2019
Real ending: 25.06.2019
Objectives:

     Objectives

·        Identification and physico-chemical characterization of waste organic matrices for the production of compost allowed in organic agriculture;

·        Definition of protocols for the formulation of compost-based substrates for organic nursery activities of the main cash crops;

·        Assessing the efficacy of substrates through greenhouse trials. 

Justification:

     Justification

Reducing the use of peat moss (non renewable resource) in organic agriculture; reducing external inputs in the organic nursery activity (peat moss and fertilisers); promotion of compost.
Potential:

     Potential

Dissemination and transfer: attention paid by nurseries to this research area. Increasing the application potential of compost (composting plants and producers of fertilisers and of growing media).

Results:
Notes:

      Remarks

·        Strengths

Peat is the main substrate used both in conventional and organic agriculture. Compost is a perfect peat substitute. 

·        Weaknesses

Nutritional levels of compost-based substrates are not always the same as those of peat. It is often necessary to identify the inhibition capacity of the new substrate.    

Reference person/s: Al Bitar Lina / Mimiola Giancarlo /
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