BETA Technological Centre works to improve sustainable rural development through multiple disciplines, combining a field of knowledge
The Technology Centre for Biodiversity, Ecology and Environmental Technology (BETA) at the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, aims to improve competitiveness and technological development in companies through R&D projects at a local, state or International level developing and transferring innovative and competitive technology with sustainable criteria to the food, waste and environment sectors.
BETA Tech Centre is part of TECNIO, a network funded and supported by the Catalan Government (Department of Industry) for promoting differential technology, business innovation and excellence in Catalonia. A group of over 40 researchers (senior researchers, junior researchers, management staff and specialised laboratory technicians) makes up the BETA multidisciplinary team that is structured in six different strategic areas: (1) Technology for Waste and Wastewater Management; (2) Soil & Nutrient Management; (3) Aquatic and Land Ecology; (4) Food Industry; (5) Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability Assessment; (6) Governance.
The multidisciplinary composition of the group enables BETA to develop R&D projects to solve wide-ranging problems in the field of knowledge, control and management of the environment. The research team is, at present, collaborating with an extensive number of stakeholders in Europe, America and Asia, and have long-term collaborations with relevant institutions Worldwide.
BETA Tech Centre Knowledge and Experience with Bio-based Fertilisers
Obtaining, upgrading and testing Bio-based fertilisers is one of the main topics in which BETA is working in the current on-going projects. The different research lines of our research centre join efforts to make BETA a relevant partner in the field of BBF:
- Conventional and Novel Technologies to recover nutrients in a valuable form from different types of wastes: animal manure, dairy processing waste, meat processing waste, sewage sludge, wastes from the aquaculture sector, among others.
- Sustainability assessment of the technologies applied for nutrient recovery (LCA, LCC and SLCA).
- Formulation of specific Tailor-made fertilisers to meet specific crop and soil requirements.
- Formulation and testing of agronomic adequacy of bio-based fertilisers, tailor-made fertilisers, and biostimulants based on recovered nutrient sources.
- Pot tests, incubation tests and field trials to evaluate the agronomic performance and assess environmental impacts of different fertilising products.
- Innovation in the efficient and responsible use of organic and inorganic fertilisation practices.
- Application of Nature-Based Solutions to avoid nutrient run-off and assure a non-pollution of water bodies.