PROTECTOR project provides an incentive for a systematic and
effective shift from the use of dangerous active substances
towards the development and application of safer alternatives
that offer a more natural, biological control of soil borne
pathogens in economically important vegetable cultivations.
PROTECTOR aims to develop a system of sustainable low input
agriculture and integrated farming that meets the Consumers’
demands and their right for safe and improved vegetable quality
at lower cost.
The general objective of the PROTECTOR
programme: 1) integrated thermal inactivation (carbonization)
and biotechnological recycling of high-Phosphorus containing
organic waste of non SRM origin (bone meal)
and 2) its upgrade to a high added value and safe
biotechnological crop protection and nutrition product for
environmentally friendly food crop cultivation. For application,
both soil and soilless cultivations are considered.
soil nutrition target of PROTECTOR is to supply
biologically available phosphorus at a rate that improves plant
natural resistance. The bio-control target is primarily to
combat against crown rot and damping off plant pathogens, as well
as to improvethe plant’s natural resistance. The risk of
cross contamination at food chain organic waste streams requires
new technological solutions.
The key material and method
(biotechnological-microbiological purpose specially manufactured
and surface modified comprise animal bone char solid carrier
interlinked with specific, innovative solid-state
fermentation/formulation technology. It should be emphasized
that that only two high-P material resources are known: phosphate
rock (unfortunately often contaminated with Cadmium) and animal
bone. The innovative animal bone processing technology is
patented and exclusive proprietary matter of the Swedish inventor
Soil-borne microbial strains are selected,
adapted for the solid carrier and formulated in a way that
long-term storage of the substance will be viable inambient
temperatures. The method and product provide enhanced survival of
the protected microorganism during introduction into the soil.
Innovative solid-state fermentation and formulation developed
from the laboratory to industrial scale are managed.
comprehensive work program has been developed for the added-value
transformation of food industrial waste, including waste
management strategy development; selection of phosphorus
mobilizing microorganisms with their bio-control effect
integrated with solid state fermentation and formulation;
evaluation of P-kinetics in soil; comprehensive risk assessment;
validation and demonstration; cost benefit analysis; consumers’
acceptance evaluation; innovation management via intranet;
development of a dissemination strategy and efficient