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Development of a growing and delivery process for mass producing sphagnum moss for peatland restoration and cultivation as an economical and sustainable growing media

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Project "MataMoss" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.2.4. (Sustainable and competitive bio-based industries and supporting the development of a European bioeconomy)
2. H2020-EU.3.2.1. (Sustainable agriculture and forestry)
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.2.2. (Sustainable and competitive agri-food sector for a safe and healthy diet)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-08-01   to  2018-01-31


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 Project objective

Sphagnum peat moss is a valued, recognized, natural, organic reserve that is largely harvested for use as a soil conditioner or amendment in horticulture. It is often referred to as the universal soil conditioner for its benefits to the soil. The decayed and dried sphagnum peat moss is usually referred to as simply peat. As a soil amendment, it is free of weed seeds, pests and pathogens and can absorb up to 20 times its weight in water. The peat bogs from which peat moss is derived are one of the most distinctive kinds of wetlands. Peat bogs are an important environmental resource and create areas of huge biodiversity, keeping more carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere than forests, and helping to prevent flooding. Problem: Naturally formed peat has been harvested for centuries, and European supplies are seriously depleted in England, Holland and Germany, and are in the process of being commercially harvested in areas of Eastern Europe. This harvesting causes serious environmental problems, as the peat cannot be regenerated within our lifetimes. Habitats are destroyed, and the carbon balance is badly affected, as peatlands are major stores of carbon and are vital environmental ‘regulators’. Many peatlands globally, which have been farmed for peat, are now sources of greenhouse gases, owing to degradation and oxidation of the unsaturated peat layer. The UK government are currently working to completely phase out the use of peat based products in UK Horticulture by 2030, but there is presently no viable alternative growing media which offers the same quality as peat. This project is to determine the business opportunity for the commercialisation of a method to grow moss on a large scale, on mats, which will speed up significantly the growing process, enabling the production of a sustainable growing media for horticulture (replacing peat) and creating a valuable cash crop opportunity for farmers.

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