A Spanish research institute is seeking partners interested in being part of a proposal for BBI.D4 2017 call (Bio Based Industries H2020-BBI-JTI). The objective is to develop new bio-fertilizers based on the recovery of nutrients and organic matter. The company is looking for research institutions able to develop efficient bio-based biodegradable coatings for Control Released Fertilisers.
A non-profit organization with strong capabilities in the environmental and biotechnology fields and also with considerable expertise regarding participation and coordination of European R&D projects is looking for research institutions to integrate a proposal for the call BBI.D4 2017 under the Bio-Based Industries Public Private Partnership
For many years, mineral fertilisers have been used to intensify crop production to meet the food demand of a growing population. Mineral fertilisers represent 80 % of the market value of all fertilisers in the EU: they are manufactured from feedstock (such as phosphate rocks) imported from third countries or are based on energy-intensive production processes (for example nitrogen fertilisers), all of which are non-renewable resources. The loss of nutrients with traditional fertilisers has been combated by the introduction of Controlled-Release Fertilisers (CRFs), which can better match the plantsí need for the nutrients over time. However, the use of these CRFs involves the use of plastic polymers, which are not biodegradable and lead to an accumulation of plastic impurities in soil. The new EU regulation on fertilising products addresses the degradability of the coatings of CRFs by stipulating a 90 % conversion of the organic carbon into CO2 in maximum 24 months.
The main objective of the proposal is to develop new bio-fertilizers based on the recovery of nutrients and organic matter present in wastewater from water treatment plants, agro-food industry (brewery) and pig farms, through an innovative precipitation technology and the use of industrial by-products.
This new range of bio-fertilizers, apart from complying with the new European legislation (still in draft), will incorporate Controlled-Release Fertilisers (CRFs) by the development of coatings based on the use of biopolymers, and will also include bio-stimulants developed through micro-algae cultivation.
The proposal is looking for research institutions for the development of biopolymers for Controlled-Release Fertilisers (CRFs) and the encapsulation of the fertilisers with the biopolymer (biopolymers could be keratin based or other).
The consortium is already completed excepting this role.
Expression of interest deadline: August 25, 2017.
Call deadline: September 7, 2017.
Call: H2020-BBI-JTI-2017 - Bio Based Industries PPP
Topic BBI-2017-D4: Innovative bio-based fertilising products to increase the sustainability of fertilising practices in agriculture
Topic link: https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/bbi.2017.d4.html
- Specific area of activity of the partner: Type of partner sought: Universities, Research Institutes, Tecnological Centres.
Specific area of activity of the partner:
Expertise in the development of biopolymers.
Task to be performed:
- Development of the biopolymers
- Development of the encapsulation of the fertilizers with the biopolymer
- Testing the biopolymers for slow release of fertilizers
- Optimisation at lab-scale and production at pilot scale
Proposal under development
Duration: 208 week(s)
Coordinator required: No
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