Use of Recovered Struvite and Ammonium Nitrate in Fertigation in Tomato (Lycopersicum esculentum) Production for boosting Circular and Sustainable Horticulture
Struvite and ammonium nitrate are products obtained from widely studied processes to remove phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) from waste streams. To boost circularity in horticulture, these recovered products should be applied to edible crops. Particularly, struvite has not been implemented in fertigation as the unique source of P fertilizer. Therefore, a soilless system greenhouse experiment was conducted for tomato crops during two growing seasons. This study aims to compare the agronomic and environmental effectiveness of recovered products used in a nutrient solution for fertigation (NS) to synthetic fertilizer treatment. Moreover, two different N concentrations of the NS were tested to evaluate the impact on the N-leaching. Additionally, struvite dissolution tests were performed to ensure its solubility. Satisfactory results of struvite solubilization were obtained. Results show that both nutrient-recovered products can be used as fertilizers in NS, due to their non-statistical significance in total yield production and fruit quality. However, ammonium nitrate treatment, depending on the crop variety, showed a lower marketable yield. Moreover, the variation on N concentration input exhibited leachate concentration differences, with N leached percentage values from 36 to 13%. These results give deeper insights into the future potential utilization of nutrient-recovered products and technical data to optimize fertigation strategies.
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Carreras-Sempere, Mar, Rafaela Caceres, Marc Viñas, and Carmen Biel. 2021. "Use Of Recovered Struvite And Ammonium Nitrate In Fertigation In Tomato (Lycopersicum Esculentum) Production For Boosting Circular And Sustainable Horticulture". Agriculture 11 (11): 1063. doi:10.3390/agriculture11111063.
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EC/LIFE/LIFE16 ENV-ES-000375/EU/Enhanced nitrogen and phosphorous recovery from wastewater and integration in the value chain/LIFE-ENRICH
Protecció Vegetal Sostenible
Sostenibilitat en biosistemes
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