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Agriculture is crucial for food, feed and bio-fuel production. The need to feed a growing population is a constant pressure on crop production, as is coping with an increasingly degraded environment and uncertainties resulting from climate change, and the need to adapt farming systems to these (FAO).
Sustainable agro solutions are more and more necessary every day to enable an eco-friendly agriculture which “produces more with less”, with no harmful effect on environment, consumers and farmers.
Recent regulations at European level, stress the need to improve the efficiency in water consumption, reduce the threat of pests/diseases and fertilizer leachates, and support agrobiodiversity. A bundle of policies, regulations and initiatives are being promoted in order to upgrade the sustainability and safety standards. At the same time European agriculture must be more competitive in terms of costs, crop yields and crop quality to ensure farms profitability.
In the frame of ECO-ZEO project, new efficient and eco-friendly strategies/products for agriculture will be developed, which once applied over crops, will decouple major environmental pressures from agricultural yield, thus contributing to make European agriculture more resource efficient, most cost effective and with a higher quality, therefore, more reliable and competitive.
To reach these targets, ECO-ZEO will focus on the innovative foliar application of Zeolite 4A combined with strategies for sustainable crop protection (such as chromatic masking, behavior interference and biocontrol), novel use of sustainable active ingredients and pigments, and new configurations of additives for enhances performance of the coating over the crop.