The Bio Valor Composto project (BioComp), developed under the Bio Developer program, aims at the production of organic organic compounds for the control of water hyacinth and for the valorization of agricultural, forestry and agro-industrial by-products.
Through the development of this solution, it will be possible to promote the control of the invasive water hyacinth species, a common species in Portugal and Spain, for the scientific study of its composting alternatives for use as fertilizer or substrate in organic farming.
This project contemplates several R&D activities - attributing a high degree of innovation - complemented with the validation of the life cycle and study of the economic viability of the developed solution.
In order to ensure the success of the project, a consortium was formed consisting of the company Colina Generosa, (micro company with skills and knowledge in the organic farming sector), the IPC and IPB (both with extensive experience in the development of R&D projects, and in the fields of biology; soil fertility; sustainability; agricultural biotechnology; quality assessment and environmental management). The defined consortium thus brings together the skills and qualifications necessary to ensure the proposed objectives.
The objectives of the project are centered on the evaluation of the technical and scientific feasibility for the effective physical control of the water hyacinth, looking for solutions, different alternatives for the valorization of the waste that at regional level can be combined with other organic by-products for the production quality compost for organic farming. It is a great objective to increase environmental sustainability with the protection of aquatic ecosystems and to ensure the economic viability of the control of water hyacinths, as well as to ensure the proper routing and valorization of the by-products of the production units, which will constitute the raw materials for the production of organic compounds, enhancing low or zero value raw materials through compost mixtures with water hyacinth, respecting and promoting the principles of Circular Economy in the region.