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Life cycle assessment of Biobased fertilisers and pesticides

The objective of this task is to conduct a comprehensive life cycle analysis of biobased fertilisers and

pesticides and compare them to the conventional fossil-based products. Life Cycle Assessment involves analysis of all environmental impacts such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or environmental contamination throughout the fertilizer production, application and post-application

stages. Fossil-based fertilizers are known for high impacts on GHG emissions, whereas organic fertilizers have the potential in increasing eutrophication and acidification, due to a larger quantity of organic matter volatilising shortly after land spreading.

The aim of this task is to identify environmental impacts as a result of shifting from fossil-based to biobased fertilizers in order to avoid ‘burden shifting’ from one impact to the next.

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About BioCrop

Biostimulants and Biopesticides for Crop Production (BioCrop) is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ( DAFM ) Research Stimulus Fund (Project: 2019PROG705)

For more details, please contact
Dr Angela Feechan
UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

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