Technology innovations on composting, compost application and soil protection: How can compost quality be improved?

Project description

Due to climate change, Austria and the Czech Republic have seen steadily worsening soil conditions and water levels. In the Czech Republic, soil compaction and the loss of organic substances reduce the soil’s capacity of water absorption and water storage. Scientific findings have shown that an increase of organic matter has a positive influence on the soil’s water storage capacity, and more organic matter can be ensured with the use of compost. The nutrients do not dissolve so easily in the ground water and are still available to the plants.

The goal of the project is to develop an innovative technology that would guarantee constant compost quality. The technology enables the recycling of organic substances, phosphor and nitrogen. The basis for this innovation is a new method for the objective evaluation of compost quality and compost maturation. This method makes it easier for the producers to ensure compost of good quality, which in turn raises the amount of compost being used by the customers.

Cooperation between Austria and the Czech Republic on this topic is essential, as the organisations involved have strengths in different areas. The Austrians have the knowledge on compost quality and compost maturation, while the Czech project partners have the technical expertise to measure the nitrogen export from the soil to the ground water via new ion exchange resin (IER) technology. 

Key facts

 Project duration
Funding programme Interreg V-A Austria-Czech Republic 2014-2020
Project  partners

Bio Forschung Austria (Vienna, AT)

Federal Agency for Water Management Austria (AT)

Zera, o.s. (Leadpartner) (Náměšt nad Oslavou, CZ)

Mendel University in Brno (CZ)

Budget of the Viennese project partner € 378.600 thereof ERDF: € 321.800