With up to £120,000 available over the three years, HDC is looking for researchers to deliver new knowledge and practical advice for UK levy-payers on better nutrient management programmes for both outdoor and protected production.
Improving nutrient management is a priority for hardy nursery stock growers and progress in a previous HDC funded project (HNS 189) to review and improve nutrient management in container-grown stock identified a series of gaps in research and knowledge.
Research manager Katie Irgin said: "Nutrition is a priority issue for producing quantity and quality hardy nursery plants. Optimising nutrient management is a particular challenge for growers in this sector owing to the range of plants grown, the timescale over which they are produced, variations in growing media, and the diversity of production systems. We want proposals that will focus on these issues to improve knowledge and practical recommendations that will ultimately benefit the industry."
The HDC intends to fund a three year programme to improve nutrient management in container and field-grown crops, protected and outdoor production systems. The programme will monitor the uptake of nutrients over the production cycle and demonstrate how monitoring can be used to tailor nutrient programmes and catch early signs of deficiencies.
The deadline for proposals is Monday 8 September 2014 with applicants informed of the outcome week commencing 27 October 2014. For the full call for proposals and application procedure, visit the HDC tender page: www.hdc.org.uk/tenders