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Sustainable multifunctional fertiliser – combining bio-coatings, probiotics and struvite for phosphorus and iron supply

Project Leader
Nyanhongo Gibson Stephen, Project Leader
BioBased Industries JU (H2020) - Innovation Action / Demonstration (IA/Demo)
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
ABITEP GmbH, Glienicker Weg 185, 12489 Berlin, Germany.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
ACIES BIO D.O.O., Tehnološki park 21, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
AGRANA Research & Innovation Center GmbH, Josef-Reither-Strasse 21-23, 3430 Tulln, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
AGRANA Stärke GmbH, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen-Platz 1, 1020 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Austrian Institute of Technology, Muthgasse 11, 1190 Wien, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
RTDS, Austria.
Contact person: Daniela Fichtenbauer;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Sappi Netherlands Services BV, Biesenweg 16, 6211 AA Maastricht, Netherlands.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Timac AGRO Düngemittel, Zwentendorf, Austria.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13 , BE-2000 Antwerpen Antwerpen, Belgium.
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Quartinello Felice, Project Staff
Weiß Renate, Project Staff
Bohinec Valentina, Project Staff (bis 31.05.2019)
Schmiedhofer Christoph, Project Staff (bis 31.08.2019)
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Biotechnology in Plant Production
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Institute of Viticulture and Pomology
SUSFERT Work Package 5 - Field Trials (SUSFERT_WP5)
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
SUSFERT addresses the massive usage of mineral fertilisers in EU agriculture, which are largely based on non-renewable resources, but are required in intensive crop production for meeting demands for food and feed. SUSFERT will develop multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus (P) and iron (Fe) supply, which will fit into existing production processes and common EU agricultural practice.
The SUSFERT innovation combines bio-based and biodegradable coatings, probiotics, and the renewable P-source struvite in at least four novel sustainable P and Fe fertiliser products, which may partly or fully replace unsustainable and resource- intense conventional ones. SUSFERT will test novel organic formulations, microgranules, granules, and liquid fertilizer products in field trials, evaluate them regarding economic potential and environmental sustainability, ensure regulatory compliance and establish industry-scale production processes (TRL 7-8). Technological concepts include 1) probiotics based on P and Fe solubilizing Bacilli and Actinobacteria; 2) microbial siderophore (Fe chelator) produced in a demonstration plant; 3) enzymatic modification of the by-product lignin for cost effective, biodegradable controlled release coatings and product stabilization and 4) demonstration of struvite, a renewable P-source from wastewater, as a partial substitute of mineral P. Five industrial, three SME and three academic partners will contribute expertise along the whole value chain in biotechnology, microbiology, large-scale fermentation, fertilizer production and sales. We will fit the SUSFERT products into the regulatory and policy context for conventional and organic agriculture in various pedo-climatic conditions in Europe and prepare rapid market entry post-project.
Molecular biology; Cultivation of land; Plant breeding; Sustainable agriculture;
bio-coatings; fertiliser; agriculture; P and Fe fertiliser;
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