How can manure replace mineral fertilisers in apple orchards and how can satellite images help improve vineyard fertilisation?
Department and Section: Instituto Superior de Agronomia
University supervisors: Henrique Ribeiro, David Fangueiro and Ricardo Braga
Dissertation title (as for now :D)
“Valorisation of organic materials and composts for precision fertilisation of orchards and vineyards”
Topic – in brief
Assessing the impacts of manure fertilisation on apple orchards – in terms of emissions and apple yields. Catarina compares the effects of mineral and manure fertilisation to provide farmers with recommendations on how they can best integrate animal manure into their orchard fertilisation schemes.
Assessing satellite images to improve vineyard fertilisation. From analysing the images Catarina can tell which parts of the vineyard received enough nutrients and which might be lacking nutrients. Translating these information into fertilisation schemes can increase yields and management efficiency.
It’s all in your head! Trust yourself – you can do it! Try not to focus on the struggles of the day but zoom out and see the whole picture.
Being out in the field, feeling the sun and hearing the birds. Being able to alternate between field, lab and computer work.
Catarina’s funding: Her research is supported by EU Horizon 2020 project ‘Nutri2Cycle’ (grant number: 773682)
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