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NUTRI-CHECK NET – network of managing the nutrition of European arable crops

NUTRI-CHECK NET – network of managing the nutrition of European arable crops

NUTRI-CHECK NET is network to maximise site-specific precision in managing the nutrition of European arable crops.

In the programme H2020 EJP SOIL project NUTRI-CHECK NET, LAMMC is represented by three researchers: D. Feizienė (project coordinator in LAMMC), V. Feiza, and V. Povilaitis. The aim of the project is to establish a self-sustaining multi-actor Thematic Network that builds farm-level adoption of best field-specific nutrient management practices across Europe. The project start date is January 1, 2023, the end date is December 31, 2025.

The objectives of the project are to: establish the NUTRI-CHECK Network (NCN) to transform crop nutrition in Europe; create an inventory of crop nutritional decision tools to summarise current knowledge and best practices; evaluate crop nutritional decision tools; develop the NCN platform to act as a central point to share tools widely; disseminate project outcomes widely, including liaison with other relevant EIP-AGRI Operational Groups and Thematic Networks throughout the duration of the project.

Different impacts are expected. Scientific: better informed research around crop nutrition decision making. Economic: >5–10% increased farm income and productivity introduced by improved crop nutrition decision making, improving agricultural resilience. Environmental: >10–20% reduction in nutrient losses associated with fertiliser use and nutrient recycling. Societal: >20% increased adoption of nutrition decision tools; increase in food security by >20%; decrease in food waste through improved crop quality; improved awareness of benefits.

Target groups of the project: farmers, advisors, agri-food industry, policymakers, citizens, and consumers, EIP-AGRI and CAP networks.

The NUTRI-CHECK NET kick-off meeting was held in York, England on January 9, 2023.

Dr. Dalia Feizienė