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Title Optimizing Bio-based Fertilisers in Agriculture – Knowledgebase for New Policies
Title Original Optimizing Bio-based Fertilisers in Agriculture – Knowledgebase for New Policies
Official Acronym LEX4BIO
Official project number Grant agreement No 818309 - LEX4BIO
FiBL project number 10128

Bio-based fertilisers (BBF) have the potential to minimise the environmental impact of existing fertilisers and improve sustainability through recycling of nutrient-rich side-streams. This project will develop a profound knowledge basis and new coherent methods to take full advantage of BBFs, focusing on the most promising technologies for BBF production and evaluating their fertilization potential and other properties against national and European fertilisation requirements. LEX4BIO aims to decrease the European dependency on finite and imported, apatite-based phosphorus and energy-intensive mineral nitrogen fertilisers.

The objectives are to

  • Identify novel BBFs for crop production and determine their effect on soil quality and crop growth
  • Determine the logistic costs, public perceptions and political actions required for optimal use of BBFs
  • Determine the risks related to food safety, human health and environmental losses after application of BBFs and produce guiding principles for the safe use of BBFs
  • Assess the integrated ecological impacts over the entire lifecycle of the production and use of BBFs
  • Map at local, regional and European scale the nutrients available to produce BBFs, assess their potential and identify legal barriers and constraints.
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Project status ongoing
Start of project 01.06.2019
End of project 31.05.2023
Financing/ Donor
  • Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818309 - LEX4BIO
(Research) Programme
  • European Commission, Horizon 2020
FiBL project leader/ contact
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL

Project partner in WP2

Work package manager in WP3

Project partner in WP4

Research area
Date modified 21.10.2019
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