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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01057

AcronymMycoCompost

Proposal titleComposts with mycorrhizal infection capacity of plant roots

AbstractTechniques for production of composts with mycorrhizal infection capacity are developed

(MycoCompost). Focus is directed to maintain the mycorrhizae already present in

biodegradable waste during the composting process, however, improved products are also

developed by inoculation techniques. The use of MycoCompost will re-establish the

beneficial mycorrhiza-plant root relationships, resulting in increased plant health and

nutrient uptake. By using MycoCompost, the application of fertilisers and pesticides will

be reduced in the agriculture, and within urbanforestry, the growth of city trees is

improved. The development of MycoCompost is expected to result in a 3-fold increased in

the demand for compost in the EU. The SME-proposers, a cornposting plant and a

private production association of composting plants, are encouraged by the perspective of

enlarged markets and of enhanced competition skills for the EU composting technology.

Key ActionQOL-5.   Key action Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Start date6/07/2000End date6/07/2001

Intended Step 2 projectRTD Project (Collaborative Research)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorManaging director Christensen CHRISTIANCompany sizeS3

SOLUM AS

Vadsbystraede 6

PO Box 259

2640 - Hedehusene

Denmark

Phone: 4543995020

Fax: 4543995231

Email: cbsc@solum.dk

Internet: (under preparation)

SME Proposer(s)

VLAAMSE COMPOSTORGANISATIE VZWBelgiumS2

Profile of partners for joining the project

Business areas1 - Agriculture, hunting and related service activities

73-L - Research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering

37 - Recycling

CommentsA commercial producer of mycorrhiza inoculants. More research partners: characterisation

of mycorrhizae experiments in small-sized composting bins, growth trials.A composting

plant in Austria and in Belgium.

Last update18/6/2001

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