12.7.2022 – 15.7.2023
Lack of eco-fertilizers with anti-bacterial and anti-fungi features.
Food production can be increased either by enlarging cultivable areas or by increasing fertilizer doses, and each of them have its limitations. It is estimated that in 2067 the population of the globe will reach 10.4 billion, exceeding the capacity of the planet to feed it. The European Commission has set a goal of 30% reduction of non-renewable resources in fertilizer production. This can only be accomplished if there are incentives for wastes valorization and fines for making use of non-renewable raw materials. The intense use of chemical fertilizers causes water contamination, loss of nutrients, and deterioration of soil. It is estimated that 30–50% of fertilizer nutrients are either leached to groundwater or volatilizes to air. The use of biological waste is a practical solution to recover valuable fertilizer components.
Solution: The biomass waste contains valuable nutrients, which can be put to good use if managed properly. The side product of UVERA’s main production is fertile algae biomass, which is proved to be an excellent biofertilizer, that might have pesticide like properties. Project’s Partner uses a chemical fertilizer, which lacks sodium, magnesium and calcium- important microelements present in tested solution.
The eco biomass can be a cheap solution to improve agriculture production and bio protection, and additionally will help to gain eco-certifications to increase the value of exported products.