WATER RETENTION AND NUTRIENT RECYCLING IN SOILS AND STREAMS FOR IMPROVED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
The goal of the project WATERAGRI is to improve agricultural water management and prevent nutrient and top-soil loss to secure affordable food production in Europe. The project aims to enhance sustainable solutions for water retention and nutrient recycling in order to cope with climate change challenges. The project will generate a deeper understanding of the hydrological processes shaping water resources in Europe.
To achieve these ambitious aims, WATERAGRI will develop traditional drainage and irrigation solutions and introduce nature-based solutions.
Further a decision-support framework for the farming community and a set of individual water retention and nutrient recovery solutions will be developed.
Alchemia-nova is one of twelve solution providers and responsible for the development of a bio-inspired, multi-layer drainage system to capture nutrients from runoff, improving plant nutrient uptake and soil water retention.
The project activities will include 10 case studies in specific biogeographical regions of Europe: Boreal Zone (Finland,Sweden), Continental Zone (Poland, Sweden, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy) and Pannonian Zone (Hungary). The WATERAGRI technologies will be tested in diverse land use scenarios, including organic and conventional farming.
LUND University Sweden
Research center Jülich GmbH
University of Debrecen
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
University of Bologna
The University of Salford
Canale Emiliano Romagnolo
Centrum Doradztwa Rolniczego w Brwinowie
Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences
Technical University Delft
University of Neuchâtel
University of Oulu
Start 5/2020; End 4/2024 (Duration 48 months)
Topic: SFS-23-2019 Integrated water management in small agricultural catchments
Research and Innovation action
Grant Agreement Number: 858375
Overall project costs: € 6 999 986.25
EU participation: € 6 999 986.25