End: jun 2022
Start: jan 2019
Biochar technologies show promise as tools for climate smart and environmentally friendly agricultural production, both as tools to improve soil quality and impact greenhouse gas emission from soils and to reduce pesticide pollution to the environment and pesticide residues in food. However, there is a lack of studies integrating these concerns and designing joint solutions.
|Start - end date||01.01.2019 - 30.06.2022|
|Project manager||Marianne Stenrød|
|Division||Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health|
|Department||Pesticides and Natural Products Chemistry|
|Funding source||Research Council of Norway|
The project objectives and concept
Current challenges in agricultural production practices include negative impacts on soil quality, environmental and food safety. The LowImpact project aim to develop combined solutions to address these concerns for vegetable production in Norwegian and Chinese soil and climate conditions.
The research activities within the project is organized in separate work packages and tasks as shown below. All WPs involve collaborative efforts between the coordinating partners NIBIO and IPP CAAS.
WP 2: Pesticide exposure assessment tools
- Optimization of analytical methods for pesticides and their abundant metabolites
- Screening of pesticides and metabolites in field sites
- Monitoring and modelling data
WP 3: Biochar for improved nutrient management and reduced pesticide exposure
- Biochar production, characterization and analysis
- Carbon turnover and N2O emission response to pesticides and biochar amendments
- Fate of pesticides in agricultural soils
WP 4: Impacts on food safety, soil and water quality
- Interactive effects of pesticides and biochar on soil microbial diversity and function
- Pesticide nontarget effects in terrestric and aquatic ecosystems
- Pesticide uptake in plants and impacts on food safety
Biochar for improved soil nutrient management and reduced pesticide exposure
Agricultural production practices can have negative impacts on soil quality, environmental and food safety. Now an international team of scientists aim to develop combined solutions to address these concerns.