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Memorias de investigación
Research Project:
N-TOOLBOX: Toolbox of cost-effective strategies for on-farm reductions in N losses to water
Research Areas

The aim of this supporting action is to develop a toolbox of cost-effective technologies to be implemented at the farm level to protect water from nitrate pollution. The project will bring together four partners with expertise in farm level N management in their regions. The first component of the toolbox will be a catalogue of technologies for reducing N losses on the farm produced using previous research results and local experience. Technologies will be prioritized based on their cost-effectiveness and efficiency at reducing N losses. They will be listed according to region and production-system to enable easy identification of the best management option for specific local conditions.

The second toolbox component will be an enhanced decision support tool (NDICEA) which can be used at the farm level to illustrate options for improved N management, and assist farmers in reaching their goals of compliance with the Nitrates Directive. NDICEA was developed by LBI, and will be enhanced using outputs from ongoing and previous projects at partners UAa and UNEW. The toolbox will be implemented on case study farms and the results documented in a blueprint for implementing water protection policy at the farm level across the EU. Project results will be widely available via the project website, and through links with the WFD-CIRCA Information Exchange Platform and the Water Information System for Europe (WISE)-RTD webportal.

A stakeholder workshop will be conducted at the end of the project to transfer technology to key user groups (farmers, advisors, water protection policy makers). N-TOOLBOX will serve as a centralized resource that can be expanded as new measures and tools are developed. In this way N-TOOLBOX will lay the foundations for improved implementation of water protection policy at the farm level across the EU.

Project type
Proyectos y convenios en convocatorias públicas competitivas
Comisión Europea
Entity Nationality
Entity size
Granting date
  • Participante: Alberto Garrido Colmenero (UPM)
  • Participante: Chiquinquira Hontoria Fernandez (UPM)
  • Participante: Antonio Vallejo Garcia (UPM)
  • Director: Miguel Quemada Saenz-Badillos (UPM)
  • Participante: José Luis Gabriel Pérez (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: No seleccionado
  • Centro o Instituto I+D+i: Centro de Estudios e Investigación para la Gestión de Riesgos Agrarios Medioambientales (CEIGRAM)
  • Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Sistemas Agrarios (AgSystems)
  • Grupo de Investigación: Contaminación de agroecosistemas por las prácticas agrícolas
  • Grupo de Investigación: Economía Agraria y Gestión de los Recursos Naturales
  • Departamento: Química y Análisis Agrícola
  • Departamento: Producción Vegetal: Fitotecnia
  • Departamento: Edafología
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