The methodology developed in the ISFERALDA project is described below

– An Initial assessment of existing agricultural waste upcycling technologies: review of existing literature concerning the variety of organic amendment production from date palm residues

Agricultural surveys will be conducted to get a detailed inventory of (i) the local actors of the network, ii) the waste-reuse methods already in use in farms and of their perceived benefits, (iii) the problems users are faced with and (iv) the solutions already in place or to be developed

Development of organic amendment from date palm residues and process optimization: finding the best combination of composts and/or biochars optimizing both soil quality and oases productivity, including, but not restricted to, cost and labour intensity as criteria for optimization.

The influence of organic amendment on yield, on soil fertility and on soil properties are quantified using:

  • Measurement of soil-product interactions: effect on heterotrophic respiration, N desorption, P and K exchange, effect on soil structure;
  • Pot experiments with a monitoring of the vegetal biomass produced
  • Field experiments at the plot and the field scale

– The results acquired during the project will be communicate and disseminate to the different target groups

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