On November 7 2022, and in the framework of the 5th General Assembly, the FERTIMANURE partners enjoyed two highly interesting visits that took place in Colmar, France:
1st visit - RITTMO facilities and the mobile on-farm French pilot:
The FERTIMANURE project partners were happy to see for the first time the mobile FRENCH pilot, that treats poultry manure, cattle manure, and pig slurry for the production of Bio-Based Fertilisers (BBFs)*. They also visited the RITTMO facilities to test the agronomic performance of the produced BBFs. Thanks to our project partners from RITTMO, Laure Metzger and Nicolas Thevenin, for the visit to their amazing research facilities and laboratories.
2nd visit – INRAE and the LACCAVE project:
The FERTIMANURE project partners also enjoyed a very interesting visit in which they were able to know more about the LACCAVE project, which was financed and coordinated by INRAE. They got insights about all of the research they are performing to adapt viticulture to climate change, and by the end of the visit the project partners managed to profit from a tasting of 3 incredible wines produced by them.
*Definition of BBFs: Bio-based fertilisers (BBFs) are fertilising products or a component to be used in the production of (Tailor-Made) Fertilisers that are derived from biomass-related resources.The BBFs of FERTIMANURE are “obtained through a physical, thermal/thermo-chemical, chemical, and/or biological processes for the treatment of manure or digestate that result into a change in composition due to a change in concentration of nutrients and their ratios compared to the input material(s) in order to get better marketable products providing farmers with nutrients of sufficient quality”.However, just separation of manure in a solid and liquid fraction (as first processing step) is excluded. These products are not conceived as a BBF, although they are valuable sources to supply nutrients on agricultural land.