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

Organic greenhouse horticulture


 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.

Starting: 2.01.2005
Scheduled ending: 18.09.2019
Real ending: 18.09.2019


·        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. 



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.


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).



·        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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