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RAMIRAN has strong links with a number of ongoing and recently completed EU projects. These include:

ROSA : Recycling Organic Solids in Agriculture
Dr Trevor Cumby
Silsoe Research Institute
Silsoe MK45 4HS

Solid manures and many other solid I organic residues contain useful amounts of nitrogen (N), potassium (K) and phosphorus (P) that can be recycled in grass and arable production. At present, much of this valuable resource is seriously under-utilised in favour of inorganic fertilisers. This is not only a waste, but the disposal of the residues by other means also leads to environmental burdens. Clearly, there are reasons why recycling is limited, for example:

  • Crop and soil contamination with harmful substances and/or pathogens
  • Variable quality of organic residues
  • Handling, transport and spreading difficulties
  • Seasonality and storage factors
  • Odours and other emissions. This is an international problem shared by most countries in the EU. Therefore, to help find the way forward, we are collaborating with research organisations and universities in 11 other European countries.
  • To achieve an international review of the current approaches to utilisation of organic solids throughout the EU
  • To exchange experience on the technical, environmental and economic aspects of the topic and to learn from each other
  • To jointly identify the main constraints which prevent more effective utilisation of organic solids, and to specify the technological developments needed to ease some of these constraints
  • To define an international research strategy for the future which will facilitate better utilisation of organic solids.

MATRESA : Manure Treatment Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture

Colin Burton
Silsoe Research Institute
Silsoe MK45 4HS

MATRESA is an EU project classified as an Accompanying Measure and is a collaboration of 30 partners across Europe. The project started in February 2001 and will be concluded in July 2002 and is addressing three main themes : management of wastes in Europe, treatment techniques and measures for reducing related disease risks. It seeks to promote good technology transfer of existing and new techniques to end users throughout the EU including farmers, advisors and local authorities. This will facilitate better management of livestock wastes and so minimise environmental and health hazards whilst gaining maximum benefit from these materials.
A key objective of MATRESA is to produce a comprehensive reference book on current management techniques for livestock farm wastes (manures, wastewaters and solid organic residues). The main objectives are to:

  • Review the subject area of waste management in agriculture for the purpose of defining the content of the proposed reference book.
  • Produce a reference book for use throughout the EU and Europe to promote good waste management.
  • Further disseminate information and issues arising from the project. This will be achieved through setting up and running a website and arranging an open one day seminar to launch the book and to promote the key findings.

AROMIS : Assessment and Reduction of Heavy Metal Input into Agro-ecosystems.(updated December 2, 2005) NEW
Pfenning Eckel, Helmut Dohler and Ursula Roth, Kuratorium fur
Technik und Bauwesen der Landwirtschaft e.V. (KBTL),
Bartningstrasse 49
D-64289 Darmstadt

The AROMIS heavy metal database, established in the framework of the EU Concerted Concerted Action "Assessment and Reduction of Heavy Metal Input into Agro-Ecosystems", is now accessible on the AROMIS homepage The Concerted Action AROMIS was set up by KTBL and 23 other institutions from across Europe, aiming to provide a cross national assessment of heavy metals in European agriculture. The AROMIS heavy metal database was set up based on the data from research projects and monitoring programmes concerning the different inputs and outputs of heavy metals in agriculture collected in the framework of the project. Apart from data on heavy metal contents the database also provides selected heavy metal farm balances, using model farms and trying to reflect the most important production types in Europe. Furthermore an overview on national and EU legislation concerning heavy metals is given including e.g. threshold values or maximum application limits for organic residues such as sewage sludge or compost.

ALFAM : Ammonia Losses from Field Applied Manure.
Sven G Sommer and NickJ. Hutchings
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS)
Research Centre Bygholm,
PO Box 536, 8700 Horsens,
e- mail:

ALFAM is an EU Concerted Action with collaboration from 10 EU countries. The environmental effects of ammonia deposition on sensitive ecosystems are well documented. It is also established that agriculture is the largest source of ammonia emission over much of Europe and that losses from field-applied livestock manures accounts for a large proportion (about 40%) of this. Loss of nitrogen from manures as ammonia also represents a significant financial cost to European farmers.
The European expertise on ammonia emissions from field-applied manures is confined to a relatively small number of researchers from the different Member States. The resources and expertise required to undertake measurement of ammonia emissions are high so ALFAM was conceived to improved cooperation between researchers and to ensure that the potential of their results could be fully exploited.The project run for three years from December 1998. The main objectives of ALFAM were to:

  • Collate and analyse European data on ammonia emission from field-applied manure and to describe the relationship between agricultural practice, weather and ammonia losses.
  • Promote the comparison of data collected in different European countries by describing standard techniques for measuring ammonia emissions and agreeing measurement protocols.
  • Evaluate both the efficiency of the techniques available to reduce ammonia emissions and their economic implications.
  • Identify the requirements for future research and development.
  • Disseminate the findings to policymakers and advisors.

The final meeting of ALFAM was held in Brussels in September 2001. In addition to the participants in the Concerted Action, the meeting was attended by representatives from the Commission together with national policymakers and advisors from the Member States involved. A final report was published by DIAS in December 2001. (Ammonia Losses from Field Applied Manures. S G Sommer, N J Hutchings & O T Carton. DIAS Report No.60. Plant Production. 112pp.).

NUMALEC: Nutrient Management Legislation in European Countries.
Prof. Dr. Ir G Hofinan and Patricia De Clercq
Coupure Links 653
9000 Ghent

(see website at The Concerted Action NUMALEC was funded through the EU FAIR programme and involved collaboration between representatives of all EU Member States, Norway, Switzerland and one of Europes" largest fertiliser producing companies. The aims were:

  • To review existing and proposed national legislation on nutrient management in EU countries.
  • To propose, where possible and where likely to be effective, harmonisation in nutrient management legislation on a scientific basis.

The findings of the project were published in a book in November 2001 : Nutrient Management Legislation in European Countries. P De Clercq, A C Gertsis, G Hofman, S C Jarvis, J J Neeteson and F Sinabell (editors). Department of Soil Management and Soil Care, Faculty of Agriculture and Applied Biological Sciences, Wageningen, the Netherlands. 347pp.


Network Coordinators:
Tom Misselbrook
David Fangueiro


Ramiran 06 May 07 - 29, 2019
VI International Symposium on Agricultural and Agroindustrial Waste Management - VI SIGERA will be held in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil, The thematic of the Symposium will be Biotechnologie Applied to the Treatment and Reuse of Wastes.

Ramiran 06 September 8 - 12, 2019
The XIXth ISAH Congress,
will be held from 8th to 12th September 2019, Wroclaw, Poland.