Kiss the Ground
PhD thesis defense
2. December 2019: my PhD Defense!
"Nutrient recycling, and testing methods for diverse fertilizers"
The crowning of 5 years of work at BOKU's Institute of Soil Research.
Looking back, it's been such a rewarding time. The research was exciting, and it's been so enriching to work in a team for 5 years: my supervisors, the master, bachelor and trainee students, the rhizosphere ecology (Rhizo) group, the FERTI-MINE project team, and all other the people I've worked or interacted with.
The defense ended well (!) with french cider, chocolate truffles & salted butter caramels.
Big thanks to all who attended, and those who prepared this great wish card & present!
Starting with LEX4BIO @BOKU
I am now part of the LEX4BIO, Horizon 2020 project at BOKU!
"Optimizing bio-based fertilisers in agriculture”.
EU Horizon 2020 project to provide a knowledge-base on bio-based fertilisers, collect regional nutrient stock, flow, surplus and deficiency data, assess technological solutions, and develop a toolkit for use of bio-based fertilisers and for their environmental impacts.
Objectives are to optimise the usage of bio-based fertilisers from nutrient-rich side-streams, ensure their safety, build evidence-based trust in their usage and develop the legislative framework.
Natural Climate Solutions
From the Natural Climate Solutions website.
January 03rd, 2019
Funny interview with Bill Gates reinventing the toilet
PSP 6 in Leuven
Just started reading
Making plans for my upcoming 3-week travel to India this fall. On the program:
24-28 October 2017: 7th international conference on Silicon in Agriculture in Bangalore.
9-11 November 2017: 19th Organic World Congress in Delhi, where I will present a paper on the use of recycling fertilizers from wastewater in organic agriculture.
Between both conferences I'll have a free week to visit interesting people and friends. One main aim is to visit the Solitude farm in Auroville, Tamil Nadu where I have already been in 2004. There are several exciting activities going on there, among which experiments with Natural Farming which is a form of no-tillage organic agriculture following the do-nothing philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka from Japan.
I'll also visit friends who live a 2 h drive west of Madurai, at the feet of the Eastern Ghats hill range.