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LANCASTER UNIVERSITY

Biomaterials derived from food waste as a green route for the design of eco-friendly, smart and high performance cementitious composites for the next generation multifunctional built infrastructure

  • 195,455
  • United Kingdom
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Biomaterials derived from food waste as a green route for the design of eco-friendly, smart and high performance cementitious composites for the next generation multifunctional built infrastructure
Company Name LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
Funded By European Union
Country United Kingdom , Western Europe
Project Value 195,455
Project Detail

This proposal aims to develop new intelligent cementitious nanocomposites for multifunctional built infrastructure made by combining ordinary Portland cement (OPC) with cheap bio-nanomaterials synthesised from root vegetable waste such as carrot and beetroot waste streams produced by the food processing industry. These innovative cementitious composites are not only superior to current cement products in terms of mechanical and microstructure properties, but also use smaller dosages of cement thereby significantly reducing both the energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with the cement manufacturing. Further, as a result of these bio nanomaterials, the resulting cementitious composites exhibit an astonishing piezoelectric effect enabling concrete structures to perform multiple functions such as: 1) self-monitoring mechanism to sense, feel and diagnose impending catastrophic structural failures and 2) green energy production by converting mechanical energy (i.e. vibration and impact induced by transport systems, wind and water waves) into inexpensive and readily available electrical energy source. Capturing this waste energy source from the built infrastructure surfaces is of great importance as it can be used to power the built-in-self-monitoring systems, houses and conventional auxiliary systems such as lighting posts, traffic lights, advertising boards and electric vehicle charging stations.

Sector Environment And Pollution

Contact Details

Company Name LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
Address BAILRIGG LA1 4YW LANCASTER United Kingdom
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214318_en.html

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AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS

Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables

  • 3 Million
  • Greece
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Optimised Pest Integrated Management to precisely detect and control plant diseases in perennial crops and open-field vegetables
Company Name AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Funded By European Union
Country Greece , Western Europe
Project Value 3 Million
Project Detail

OPTIMA will develop an environmentally friendly IPM framework for vineyards, apple orchards and carrots by providing a holistic integrated approach which includes all critical aspects related to integrated disease management, such as i) novel bio-PPPs use, ii) disease prediction models, iii) spectral early disease detection systems and iv) precision spraying techniques. It will contribute significantly to the reduction of the European agriculture reliance on chemical PPPs resulting in reduced use of agrochemicals, lower residues and reduced impacts on human health. OPTIMA will optimize disease prediction models for downy mildew in vineyards, apple scab in apple orchards and alternaria leaf blight in carrots to envisage faster the possibility of disease outspread and developing advanced early detection methods based on spectral imaging and deep learning techniques to precisely localise and quantify the infection. It will evaluate and screen biological and synthetic PPPs for their combined ability to control the selected diseases and weigh the optimum dosage and application timing and identifying and characterize induced host resistance mechanisms to achieve higher and durable resistance. It will enhance and develop three innovative prototype sprayers (for carrots, apple orchards and vineyards) actuating different nozzle types and adopting variable rate control based on canopy characteristics, the pathogen dispersal and disease development. The holistic developed IPM system will be tested and assessed in field conditions with the three selected crops. The advanced sprayer prototypes and the monitoring system will be tested in real-time to record field efficacy and potential discrepancies from the expected effectiveness. OPTIMA will finally, assess health, environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the proposed IPM system in comparison to conventional systems using an extended Life-Cycle approach integrated with Human and Environmental Risk Assessment.

Sector Agriculture Food And Beverages

Contact Details

Company Name AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Address Iera Odos 75 11855 ATHENS Greece
Web Site https://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/214745_en.html

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Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)

USAID Agricultural Value Chain Activity in Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan AVC)

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  • Uzbekistan
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USAID Agricultural Value Chain Activity in Uzbekistan (Uzbekistan AVC)
Company Name Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)
Funded By .S. Agency for International Development
Country Uzbekistan , Central Asia
Project Value Plz Refer Document
Project Detail

Uzbekistan AVC will capitalize on the achievements of USAID’s Uzbekistan AgLinks (2007–2011) and AgLinks Plus (2011–2015) projects, which were implemented by DAI. We will scale up support to postharvest handling and foster new business partnerships while expanding opportunities for women’s entrepreneurship and employment. Uzbekistan AVC will co-invest with stakeholders at key points along the chain—including local institutes, agrarian universities, and service providers such as agro-input dealers, nursery extension staff, pruning groups, consolidators, and cold chain operators—to ensure scalability and sustainability. Our objectives are to improve the quality and volume of agricultural production and post-harvest handling and production, facilitate market linkages, and link educational institutions with private sector demand. Sample Activities Provide technical assistance in best agricultural practices at demo plots for crops such as cherry, peach, apple, grape, pomegranate, tomato, cucumber, onion, and carrot. Invest in the full operation of Uzbekistan’s new tissue culture lab and supplemental support to government institutions to propagate disease-free, true-to-type plant materials locally and distribute them to certified nursery operators. Use the MEVA 3.0 platform to develop a social marketing forum to allow users to access up-to-date information on quantities, qualities, and pricing for horticulture to drive marketing decisions for farmers, cold store owners and managers, exporters, and buyers. Facilitate cold chain demo site activities, workshops targeted to women, and exchange programs for cold storage operators. Build linkages between producers and local supermarkets, take advantage of local trade events, and develop relationships with buyers in new markets. Conduct AVC horticulture assessment and mapping with agrarian university professors and students, and develop hands-on production and post-harvest learning at universities. Introduce new ICT tools to help facilitate learning.

Sector Agriculture Services

Contact Details

Company Name Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)
Address Uzbekistan
Web Site https://www.dai.com/our-work/projects/uzbekistan-usaid-agricultural-value-chain-activity-uzbekistan-uzbekistan-avc

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