Sunday, October 20, 2013

Agriculture: Researchers develop chip against over-fertilization of soils - ABC Online

soils, Bremerhaven, Germany, where, yield, ground water, corn crop, nutrient content, nitrates, Austria, test, over-fertilization, scientists

class=”source”> dpa / I.Wagner / Archive A chip to optimize the fertilization in agriculture.

Not only farmers wait for the corn crop: A number of researchers is looking forward to the return


particularly interested in what their test area in Brandenburg yields. There, scientists and companies from Germany, Austria, Poland and the UK have tried an automated irrigation and fertilization system. Sponsored by the Technology Transfer Centre (ttz) Bremerhaven coordinated EU project “Optifert” they were looking for a way to fertilize the soil as accurately as possible. It should help that measures the nutrient content in the soil of a developed Bremen and Vienna researchers chip. This is to avoid over-fertilization, which impacted groundwater with nitrate.

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