What's new with the bio-based fertilisers?
B-ferst Newsletter #5 View online

Dear readers,

Here we come with fresh updates from our B-Ferst project.

We are already in spring and we have 6 biobased fertiliser validation field trials underway, testing the products under different conditions and with different crops. Agrisat is carrying out the tests in the Mediterranean area, while IUNG does it in the continental zone. In Spain, wheat is already advanced, corn is growing in Spain and Portugal, as is sunflower in Italy, while sugar beet and corn in Poland are a little behind.

In Huelva, the construction of a demo plant by Fertiberia, dedicated to bio-waste treatment and nutrients recovery which should be incorporated into the fertiliser production plants and partially substitute the non-renewable raw materials, is being finalised. On the other hand, a second demonstration plant, this time for the incorporation of biostimulants and coating agents to the new biobased fertilizers, is also being built at the same location.

AgFutura is advancing in the business plan of the project while Arcadia prepares the plan for the registration of new products, all thus being ready for the implementation of this new sustainable fertilization proposal in our fields!

Finally, VITO continues to progress in the environmental life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle costing (LCC), to fine-tune the results of both assessments. Next, they’ll include the required inputs for fertiliser application and the crop yield as observed during the field trials. 

If you are interested in bio-based NPK fertilisers, drought stress tolerance in crops or predicted changes in soil water content have a look at the scientific papers published by University of Leon, Fertiberia and Research Centre IUNG. 

Let me thank you once again for your interest in our project and invite you to follow our social networks and to take a closer look at the latest news from the world of B-Ferst. 

Enjoy your reading!


Javier Brañas Lasala

B-Ferst Project coordinator

Scientific papers
Crop and water
Simulating the effects of adaptation practices on soil water content
IUNG uses SWAT model simulation in the Bystra river catchment
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Dry land
Plants know how to cope with climate change effects
Some plants present mechanisms by which crop productivity under drought conditions is enhanced. Can this be replicated?
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Bio-based NPK fertilisers from waste stream into the market
Bio-based NPK fertilisers from waste stream into the market
FERTIBERIA presented the B-Ferst project at the conference of the International Fertiliser Society. Don't miss the whole paper
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Update from the project
AgFutura presented B-Ferst
3rd International Scientific Consultation in Stip, North Macedonia
Updates from the sister projects
FER-PLAY project
Facilitating the uptake of alternative fertilisers, to protect ecosystems, decrease EU dependence on fertiliser imports, foster circularity and improve soil health.
A new database for alternative fertiliser value chain!
FER-PLAY consortium launched a database that collects all available data from 61 value chains derived from 7 secondary raw materials. When accessing this database, you can quickly navigate to the information category that is most relevant for you.
Find it here
FER-PLAY is taking parts to some interesting events
Walnut project
Redesigning the value and supply chain of nutrients from wastewater and brine
WalNUT needs our help!
The Nutrient Awareness Survey is designed to address all the people who are involved in waste water production, nutrient extraction, fertilisers creation, and use. It is available on WalNUT project website.
Fill it in
Rustica project
Converting organic residues from the fruit and vegetable sector into novel bio-based fertiliser products
Model2bio project
Decision-Support Tool, based on mathematical models to predict agri-food residual streams and to identify best routes for valorising them
SUSFERT project
Developing multifunctional fertilisers for phosphorus and iron supply
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