FNR online workshop: Off the Peat Path: suitability & availability of alternative substrates for peat use in European horticulture

Date: Tuesday 22 November 2022

On Tuesday 22nd November 2022, FNR (Agency for Renewable Resources) are holding an online workshop entitled ‘Off the Peat Path: suitability and availability of alternative substrates for peat use in European horticulture’. 10am Opening remarks – Andreas SCHÜTTE, Agency for Renewable Resources, GERMANY. 10:10 Peat mitigation strategy of Germany – Nazim GRUDA, Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, GERMANY. 10:20 “Possibilities and effects of a reduction of peat use in horticultural substrates in Germany (MITODE)” – Olivier HIRSCHLER & Anja KRETZSCHMANN , Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, GERMANY. 10:45 “Wood fiber in Dutch pot plant culture; peat replacement up to 50% in volume?” – Chris BLOK, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS. 11:10 BREAK. 11:30 “Reducing and replacing peat in Irish horticulture: The research challenge” – Michael GAFFNEY, Horticulture Development Department, Teagasc, IRELAND. 11:55 “Reuse growing media for circular cultivation in Belgium” – Bart VANDECASTEELE, Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, BELGIUM. 12:20 p.m “Peat replacement in horticulture – a Norwegian research perspective” – Bente FØREID, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), NORWAY. 12:45 p.m “Life cycle assessment of peat substitutes: sustainability of Danish growing media” – Fatemeh HASHEMI, Aarhus University, DENMARK. 13:10 BREAK. 14:00 panel discussion “The future of peat-free growing media in Europe”
Moderator : Simon BUSSE , Agency for Renewable Resources, GERMANY Speakers: Ute Katharina VOGLER, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), GERMANY, Philipp GRAMLICH, TurfVrij, THE NETHERLANDS, Neil BRAGG , Growing Media Association (GMA), UK, Alex MATHIS, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), SWITZERLAND, Simone KOLBINGER, Nature in the Garden eV, AUSTRIA. 15:15 Closing remarks Lena HUCK, Agency for Renewable Resources, GERMANY. 15:30 End of workshop. This workshop will be given in English; to register and book your place in this workshop, please click here.

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