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Wadito: Water storage dimensioning

The aim is to investigate in which European areas rain water storage is an economically feasible option to provide qualitative irrigation water and to give first insights for the dimension of rain water storage for specific regions and crops.


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Blue dye - environmental friendly method preventing algae

Main objective of this project is to show farmers new environmentally friendly method which can help them to prevent their water from algae blooming using Dyofix (blue dye).


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Biological friendly methods preventing algae

Main objective of this project is to show farmers new method (environmentally friendly method) which can help them to prevent their water from algae blooming.


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Use of sensors and decision support tools to improve fertigation managment in soilbound tomato crop

The main objective of this project is to showcase new innovative technologies that can help growers to improve their management of fertigation for soilbound vegetable crops. For water management, we used capacitance probe and for fertilisation management, we used suction cups, leaf and sap analyses.


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Model for the prediction of irrigation and the use of TDR probes

Them main objective of showcase is the installation of probes to monitor soil moisture and create a model of irrigation for apples and testing the proper functioning mode.


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Use of micro-irrigation systems to improve fertigation management in open field zucchini

The main objective of this project is to showcase that the use of micro-irrigation in open field zucchini can help growers to improve their management of fertigation and irrigation.


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Use of sensors and soil solution samplers for irrigation management

The main objective of this showcase is demonstrate to farmers and irrigation communities the utility of soil water content sensors and soil samplers technology to increase the water and nitrogen use efficiency. Four plots within the “Acequia Real del Jucar” irrigation community have been selected for monitoring soil water content and soil solution nitrate concentration.


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Use of sensors and spatial variability to irrigation management in olive hedgerow

The main objective of the showcase is to demonstrate different technologies that may be useful for farmers to control the irrigation status of an hedge olive plantation.


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Use of sensors and spatial variability to fertilization management in processing tomato

The main objective of showcase is showing different technologies that may be useful to farmers to control the nutritional status of the crop in different moment of the crop cycle.


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Use of absorbent mats to reduce nitrate leaching into soil in potted plants cultivation

An action plan was set up in order to develop good agricultural practices targeted to the reduction of nitrate contamination such as water analysis, use of slow/controlled release fertiliser in the growing media and/or use of protective barriers to nitrate leaching into the ground.


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Airlift Technology

Deep Flow Technique (DFT) is a hydroponic system for the production of for example leafy vegetables (lettuce, endive, spinach, wild rocket, and radicchio), herbs (mint, celery, and basil), cabbages and cut flowers (chrysanthemums).


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CLEANLEACH technology for recovering and treating the drainage from horticultural semi-closed soilless systems based on constructed wetlands

The main objective of the project is to assess and showcase the use of a system of constructed wetland + carbon supply for desalination and denitrification of leachates generated in greenhouse recirculating soilless vegetable crops (tomato and cucumber) in Almeria (Spain).


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Precision irrigation in soft fruit production

The main objective of this project is to showcase new innovative technologies that can help growers to improve their management of fertigation for soilless soft fruit production. We selected and combined various measurement technologies to control the level of water and fertiliser and supply these elements according to crop needs.


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Prescriptive-corrective management of nitrogen of soil-grown vegetable crops

The technology selected for showcasing consists of a prescriptive-corrective management package for N management of vegetable crops. For prescriptive management, a N fertiliser plan is prepared for the crop using the computer-operated decision support system, VegSyst-DSS. For corrective management, three monitoring approaches are used regularly throughout the crop to ensure that N management is optimal.


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Automatic irrigation system for soil-grown vegetable crops

The technology selected for showcasing consists of tensiometers provided with a switch that automates an electrical accessory. It is expected improvement of irrigation management by reduced water use and minimised leaching.


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VEGSYST: Irrigation management and nitrogen fertilisation in soilless tomato system.

A test with fresh tomato will be carried out in a cycle that comprises from March to October. The Vegsyst DSS will be used to compare it with the area usual management and to check the results of yield, water consumption and fertilisers.


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Closing the water cycle for substrate grown crops with maximum recirculation and minimum discharge

We want to spread knowledge around Europe about the necessity of recirculation and environmental safe water discharge. Therefore, it is also important to have also good knowledge about irrigation measurement and fertiliser precision dosing to close the water cycle more and more.


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Demonstration of different types of technologies for the treatment and recirculation of drain water on soilless tomato crop

The objective of this demonstration is to assess the efficiency of different treatment methods to prevent the development of pathogens (fungi, bacteria) in the irrigation system when the drainage is recirculated in closed or semi-closed irrigation systems. A new type of UV treatment system is tested, working with mid-pressure UV light. Also a biofilter seeded with specific bacteria mix is used as another treatment.  A monthly analyse show the pathogens present for both irrigation systems before and after the treatment.


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Water treatment system AQUA4D to improve nutrient uptake and soil structure.

The electromagnetic treatment of the nutrient solution improves the nutrient uptake and the soil structure so we expect an improvement of the pepper yield.


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Substrate humidity monitoring with wireless sensor or weighing scale on soilless tomato crop

The main objective of the demonstration is to showcase the use of different interesting technologies to help growers with the monitoring of their crop water status. The ease of use of the devices will also be assessed.


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Ion exchange & ePhos®

To remove nitrate and phosphorus and recover the later from the drainage water produced in PCS Ornamental Plant Research Center in Belgium as fertiliser. A combination of ion exchange and the electrochemical phosphorus recovery technology ePhos® will be employed.


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Use of paper band filtration and sieve bend filtration as a prefiltration step before disinfection

Technologies removing organic particles from drainwater will be showcased. All particles greater than 5µm should be removed to ensure succesfull disinfection by for instance UV or ultrafiltration


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