The Fertigation Bible has been prepared to provide useful practical information to the horticultural sector of the diverse technologies available for all aspects of fertigation within the EU. The various stage of the “fertigation process” are shown in the schematic representation below. The Fertigation Bible contains descriptions of the technologies related to these stages.
Each technology is described in terms of:
- Purpose/aim of the technology
- Regions, crops and cropping systems where it is used
- Working principle of operation
- Operational conditions
- Cost data
- Benefits for the grower – advantages and disadvantages
- Technological, socio-economic and regulatory bottlenecks and limitations
- Techniques resulting from this technology
- Supporting systems required
- Development, i.e. if it is in a research or development stage, or has been commercialised
- Who provides the technology
A total of 125 such technology descriptions are provided.
Considerable effort was made to ensure that the Fertigation Bible is as comprehensive as possible. Various members of the FERTINNOWA project, from 23 organisations from 10 countries, have worked on this document to describe the most commonly-used and promising technologies that are commercially available or are expected to be so in the near future.
While much effort was made to include all relevant technologies, it is possible that some relevant technologies have not been included. Also, given the size of the European Union, the information on prices is to inform of the likely price range. Similarly, with suppliers, the information is usually limited to one to several different regions of the contributing author/s. We have tried to make the description of each technology as complete as possible, but in the context of the EU, we accept that there will be some gaps.
We hope that you find this document useful.