Worldwide, animal husbandry produces large amounts of manure. This is rich in minerals (phosphates, nitrogen, potassium), but also in proteins, fatty acids and other important organic compounds. Manure can be used as a fertiliser or energy source, or to make new products, including bio-based ones. However, it is not always used optimally and therefore can have an adverse impact on the environment.
Wageningen University & Research is investigating how minerals from animal manure, waste residues and artificial fertilisers can be used more efficiently in the Netherlands and other countries. An important aspect of this aim is reducing the impact of these materials on the environment and our surroundings. Wageningen University & Research is also analysing all the policies and legislation that deal with manure.
This dossier contains a selection of the most important results, developments and information relating to policy, manure application, the environment, processing and soil quality. You can also contact one of our experts on the subject of manure.