CropFit investigates the role of biostimulants and plant sensors to increase water and fertilizer use efficiency of horticultural plants

(22-12-2017) CropFit studies how biostimulants and innovative plant sensors can be used to significantly reduce nutrient and water use in horticulture.

Eight partners including PCS (Belgium), Proeftuin Zwaagdijk (NL), North Sea Farm (NL), ISA (France), Pole Legume (FR), NIAB (UK) and Dove (UK) and CropFit (Ghent University, Belgium) will demonstrate in the framework of the Interreg 2 Seas project called Bio4safe the potential of  biostimulants and innovative plant sensors to significantly increase water and fertilizer use efficiency of horticultural plants (strawberry, tomato, lettuce, surfinia, hydrangea, chrysanthemum).

The innovative plant sensors used in the framework of the project have been developed at the Ghent University in the laboratory of Plant Ecology, led by Professor Kathy Steppe. The project will make use of stable isotopes (Pascal Boeckx, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory) to measure the increased water and fertilizer use efficiency of the plants after treatment with biostimulants. Professor Marie-Christine Van Labeke’s expertise and the infrastructure of her laboratory (In Vitro Biology and Horticulture) will be used to measure abiotic stress in plants.  

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