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To investigate methods for the reduction of silage effluent - WA0102

Description
This study will aim to develop strategies for reducing effluent production and understanding the processes involved in effluent release from different crops. Strategies for effluent control and release will be researched and developed together with control strategies based on understanding of plant characteristics, fermentation and management practices. Guidelines on use of alternative technologies (such as new baling methods) and crops will also be developed. Biological and chemical effluent factors will be characterised and their effects on soil will be determined in order to develop treatment measures. Results of the study should give a better understanding of the principles involved in effluent release and flow and the relative importance of plant structure, fermentation characteristics and additive use. Data obtained will increase significantly the information base needed for sound predictive models and will provide information relevant to the development of new forage plants with desirable ensiling and effluent producing characteristics.
Objective
Provide strategies for effluent control and treatment. Provide control strategies based on understanding of plant characteristics, fermentation and management practices. Develop guidance on use of alternative technologies and crops. Characterise effluent biological and chemical factors, determine their effects on soil and develop treatment measures.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1997

Cost: £965,148
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
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Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Agriculture