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Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health

LowImpact - ChiNor solutions for Low Impact climate smart vegetable production with reduced pesticide residues in food, soil and water resources

Finished Last updated: 01.02.2023
End: dec 2022
Start: jan 2019

Biochar technologies show promise as tools for climate smart and environmentally friendly agricultural production, both as tools to improve soil quality and impact greenhouse gas emission from soils and to reduce pesticide pollution to the environment and pesticide residues in food. However, there is a lack of studies integrating these concerns and designing joint solutions.

Food safety and soil health seminar 27 May 2021

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LowImpact annual meeting news, 2020

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Final seminar for the LowImpact project 8 December 2022

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Consortium partners

To achieve the project goals the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) and the Institute of Plant Protection at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (IPP CAAS) have partnered up with SINTEF Energy Research, The University of Almeria European Reference Laboratory for pesticide residues in Fruit and Vegetables (EURL-FV), and the French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) UMR Agroecologie, Dijon.
Status Active
Start - end date 01.01.2019 - 31.12.2022
Project manager Marianne Stenrød
Division Division of Biotechnology and Plant Health
Department Pesticides and Natural Products Chemistry
Total budget 5000000
Funding source Research Council of Norway


The project objectives and concept

Current challenges in agricultural production practices include negative impacts on soil quality, environmental and food safety. The LowImpact project aim to develop combined solutions to address these concerns for vegetable production in Norwegian and Chinese soil and climate conditions.

The LowImpact project concept depicting the challenges and solutions that are studied and the improvements we aim to provide as outcomes from the project

The research activities within the project is organized in separate work packages and tasks as shown below. All WPs involve collaborative efforts between the coordinating partners NIBIO and IPP CAAS.

WP 2: Pesticide exposure assessment tools

  1. Optimization of analytical methods for pesticides and their abundant metabolites
  2. Screening of pesticides and metabolites in field sites
  3. Monitoring and modelling data

WP 3: Biochar for improved nutrient management and reduced pesticide exposure

  1. Biochar production, characterization and analysis
  2. Carbon turnover and N2O emission response to pesticides and biochar amendments
  3. Fate of pesticides in agricultural soils

WP 4: Impacts on food safety, soil and water quality

  1. Interactive effects of pesticides and biochar on soil microbial diversity and function
  2. Pesticide nontarget effects in terrestric and aquatic ecosystems
  3. Pesticide uptake in plants and impacts on food safety
Field studies in carrot production (Photo: NIBIO)