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How can captured carbon stop plants from going hungry?

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Ruben Sakrabani, Associate Professor in Soil Chemistry, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute, is working to validate carbon capture fertilisers, in which waste organic matter is used to fix waste CO2 to create a high-carbon organic alternative to industrial fertiliser.
Ruben has more than 15 years of experience in determining nutrient dynamics in soils associated with application of organic amendments such as compost, manure, slurry, sewage sludge, biochar and digestates.
His current work is on validation of carbon capture fertilisers, in which waste organic matter is used to fix waste CO2 to create a high-carbon organic alternative to industrial fertiliser.
“We’re working on this project capturing CO2 from point sources and fixing it into organic waste, such as food waste or potato peelings, and converting that into a pelleted fertiliser. We need to find out what is the efficacy of this fertiliser to meet crop demand but also what is the potential for the carbon trapped in the pellet – is it going to be permanent in the soil or is it going to be released?”

REAP 2021: Changing Time(s) for Agriculture10th November 2021

Imagine a world where agriculture is not constrained by time. The ability to manage and manipulate time is increasing and REAP 2021 will explore the advances in technology and breakthroughs in science that is making this possible.
REAP brings together people from across the agri-tech ecosystem who believe that innovation is the engine for change. The conference bridges the gap between producer needs and technology solutions and showcases exciting agri-tech start-ups.