FertiCycle – Training researchers to produce bio-based fertilisers

Rapid increases in food production will be needed to feed the world’s population – expected to rise from 7.7 billion people to 9.7 billion by 2050. This involves direct investment in agriculture. Just as important is the development of a circular bioeconomy to improve resource efficiency and contribute to a more sustainable farming sector. It is also important to move away from mineral-based fertilisers as these depend on the import of phosphate rock, a limited resource. 

The objective of FertiCycle is to train 15 early stage researchers (ESR) to develop new processes for production of bio-based fertilisers, recycling wasted resources and to estimate the market potential and sustainability challenges of their production and use.

The training program aims to enable the ESR to generate, integrate and apply inter-disciplinary knowledge for developing new technical solutions for bio-based fertiliser production, management and marketing, and will give them competences for inter-sectoral work and international collaboration in industry and academia.

FertiCycle outcomes will be 15 trained scientists; required technologies, knowhow and market concepts from which innovative new bio-based fertiliser products can develop to proof-of-concept level with industry.

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Project coordinator 

  • Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark


Project partners 

  • Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Portugal 
  • Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, Switzerland 
  • Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • Bangor University, United Kingdom
  • Universiteit Gent, Belgium
  • Institut National de Recherche pour l'Agriculture, l'Alimentation et l'Environnement, France
  • Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • United Experts, Belgium