NextGen biobased fertilisers Webinar

SUSFERT prototype fertilisers known as SUSKIT. (c) Acies Bio.

Join the SUSFERT science and industry conversation on NextGen biobased fertilisers  – “from Components to Products”.

The hybrid, public Webinar due to be held on 23 May, 2023, from 10:10am – 11:50, will host SUSFERT speakers who have developed fertiliser components on the project, as well as two guests who will share their expertise on the topic.

Topics of fertiliser strains and biostimulants, siderophore, probiotics, micro-organisms, struvite, enzyme technologies combined with wood side-streams, and other promising fertiliser raw materials will be presented and discussed in the panel.

View the Agenda and speakers below.

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SUSFERT biobased fertiliser research & innovation

Groupe Roullier has just sowed SUSFERT P granules in fields situated in Brittany, France. (c) Groupe Roullier

Over the past four years, SUSFERT has developed renewable sources of phosphorus and iron; probiotics for nutrient availability; and bio-based coatings for slow release.

The project has tested these components which have been used in prototype fertilisers in field trials. With a Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 7-8, some of the components, or raw materials, could be used in future fertilisers, should the field trials validate their effectiveness.

Certain components already have shown positive results, but the Spring 2023 field trials, which are the final ones, have just been sown. The results of these trials will be available later this year which is when a complete analysis of all the field trials will be done.

The SUSFERT speakers will share their knowledge and expertise of the components that were used on the project and what was achieved so far.

SUSFERT guests give their view

SUSFERT is pleased to announce its two guests who will provide valuable insights into the key components that have the biggest potential to reach the goals of the EU Green Deal.

The first guest is RecyFert founder and innovation broker for organic waste valorization, and President of the ESPP, Robert Van Spingelen. Van Spingelen will represent RecyFert at the Webinar and give his view on what to expect for the future.

He will be joined by Kari Ylivainio, LUKE senior scientist, and Scientific Co-ordinator of the fellow Horizon 2020 fertiliser project, Lex4Bio. Ylivainio will share his knowledge on the components for bio-based fertilisers in the EU that Lex4Bio has been researching and developing.

Ylivainio has just written an informative blog about “Accelerating efficient and safe use of recycled fertilisers in Europe” which can be read on the LUKE Website.

The Agenda of the Webinar

SUSFERT: NextGen biobased fertilisers – “from Components to Products”

DATE: 23.5.2023

TIME: 10:10am – 11:50am

10:10 – 10:15

Welcome and opening by SUSFERT Project Manager, Mikael MUEGGE

10:15 – 10:25

Fertilising components to be excited about for enhanced nutrient uptake

Presentation by guest speaker Robert VAN SPINGELEN, founder of RecyFert and President of the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP)

10:25 – 10:35

Components for bio-based fertilisers in the EU

Presentation by guest speaker Kari YLIVAINIO, Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE) and Scientific Co-ordinator of Lex4Bio project

10:35 – 10:45

Multifunctional biobased fertilisers for phosphorus and iron

Presentation by Günter BRADER, Senior Scientist at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

10:45 – 10:55

The power of strain technologies.

Presentation by Kristin DIETEL, Head of Regulatory Affairs at ABiTEP

10:55 – 11:05

Struvite – the contribution to the circular economy

Presentation by Marc SPILLER, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Antwerp

11:05 – 11:15:

Enzymes and Lignosulfonates: A winning team for BioBased Circular Economy

Presentation by Renate WEISS, Senior Scientist at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), and Nikolaus SCHWAIGER, Chemical Engineer Biorefinery at SAPPI

11:15 – 11:25

Natural iron supply by siderophores

Presentation by Markus OMANN, Head of Department at AGRANA Research & Innovation Center, and Martin KAVŠČEK, Head of Business Development, Acies Bio

11:25 – 11:45

Panel discussion with Q&A:

11:45 – 11:50

Acknowledgements and closing of the webinar by Mikael MUEGGE

Timac Agro Austria has just sown its last set of field trials in Hagenberg, Austria. Photo: Timac Agro.