integrated fertilisation system

What We Do

This task consists of evaluating a new fertilisation system that combines the addition of organic matter and chemical fertilisers with mycorrhiza-forming micro-organisms. The idea is to improve the efficacy of fertilisation given that mycorrhiza fungi can solubilise compounds in the soil and facilitate the assimilation of nutrients by plants. The use of chemical fertilisers will be reduced which will reduce the cost of fertilisation for farmers as well as surface water and groundwater pollution from nitrogen leaching. These actions will also help improve the quality of the soil which is now so degraded as the addition of organic matter on the one hand and mycorrhiza fungi, on the other, will encourage life in the soil for greater soil fertility. All of this will eventually lead to better quality of end products (in this case, industrial tomatoes and corn grain for animal feed).

Who Participates




Coordinated by: IPP
Participating Partners: IPP, CTAEX e IPCB.

How We Do It

This action consists of comparing different fertilisation systems based on the combination of new organic matter and chemical fertiliser at different doses of different types of fertilisers. A statistical analysis of the data obtained will be done as well as a comparative study of the different fertilisation systems. A fertilisation system will be designed that combines the addition of organic matter and chemical fertilisers and a field manual will be produced for publication on the participants’ corporate websites on how farmers can reduce their fertilisation expenses.

Contacts

Activity Coordinator: José Manuel Rato Nunes (IPP/ESAElvas) | ratonunes@ipportalegre.pt