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SME Specific MeasuresQuality of Life and Management of Living Resources

Exploratory Award

Proposal number EXAW-1999-01180

AcronymFIBRESOIL

Proposal titleInvestigation and development of organic fibre and mineral sludge for

horticultural, forestry and reclaimation purposes

AbstractThe re-cycling of newspapers produces large quantities of a by-product made up of plant

fibre and clay. Thisproject will develop a material from this for improving soil and as an

ingredient in composts. At present manycomposts use peat which is a non sustainable

practice. This project aims to produce an alternative product that performs as well as peat

but uses a free source of basic material. The project will investigate;. the use of biocatalysts

and micro-organisms to degrade the basic material making it suitable for composts. ways

of producing even mixes of balanced composts. methods of improving soil structure and

moisture retention properties on difficult reclamation sites to allow  plant establishment in

with minimum topsoil. production of weed suppressants and soil improvers to aid tree

establishment in forestry when first planting and   after clear felling, especially when whole

tree harvestingThe market for composts throughout Europe is huge and the proposers

would be able to produce and marketproducts for applications including mulches, soil

improvers, potting and seeding medium and specialist lightweightcomposts for hanging

baskets.

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

Start date20/09/2000End date20/09/2001

Intended Step 2 projectCooperative Research (CRAFT)Duration Exploratory Phase6 months

SME CoordinatorMr Paul HUMMELCompany sizeS3

SEIONT NURSERIES

Caer GlyddynPontrug

LL57 2BB - Caernarfon

United Kingdom

Phone: 441286672113

Fax: 441286677223

SME Proposer(s)

BREWERS BARLEY PRODUCTS LTDIrelandS2

Last update18/6/2001

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