SmartResidue

Project 2019–2023
Sampling compost

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Department
Microbial Ecology
Funding
NWO-TTW Open Technology Program

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and does not only account for up to 17% of global warming but also is a key target in climate change mitigation actions. Agricultural soils have always been regarded as a very weak sink or a source of methane. However, recent research by the Bodelier group has shown that under laboratory conditions, these soils are capable of (circum-)atmospheric methane uptake after the application of bio-based residues - especially compost. The mechanisms of this residue-stimulated uptake of methane are as yet unknown and are the subject of this project. The project focuses to a large degree on compost and the microbes in there, which seems to be partly responsible for the observed stimulation. We cooperate closely with a number of companies and aim at product development (e.g. engineered compost) for contributing to more climate-friendly agricultural soils.

 

Workpackages
Photo: Paul Bodelier
Smartresidue workpackages

Important external project members:

Companies and institutions in this NWO-TTW project's user committee are:

  • Bioclear Earth B.V.
  • Natural Soil Improvement B.V.
  • Vereniging Afvalbedrijven (VA)
  • WUR; Wageningen Plant Research; Akkerbouw, Groene ruimte en Vollegrondsgroenten (AGV)
Methane flux measurements in Zurich.
Photo: Paul Bodelier
Methane flux measurements in Switzerland
Sampling of Compost
Photo: Stijn van den Bergh
Sampling of compost

Details

Department
Microbial Ecology
Funding
NWO-TTW Open Technology Program

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