cartiF Projects


Development of smart fertilizers through the reuse of by-products derived from the activity of the poultry sector


The FERTINOVO project focuses on the valorisation of different sub-products obtained in the egg-laying sector (chicken manure, egg shells, white eggs) through composting and extraction processes, for the development and marketing of new high added value fertilisers.

These new fertilizers will be obtained by encapsulating with egg proteins, the nutrients obtained from the rest of the raw materials. In this way, a product capable of adapting to the soil and climate conditions is obtaines, improving its nutritional capacity and facilitating its passage to the soil and plant, achieving an efficient and evolved process that will protect the agronomic systems from deterioration due to the improper use of the soil and fertilizers.


  • Design and develop new natural organic fertilizers.
  • Valorize poultry industry by-products.
  • Develop new organic encapsulating materials.
  • To implement new technologies in the field of fertilizer encapsulation.
  • Evaluate the technical-agronomic feasibility of the products developed.


  • Nutrient extraction from poultry by-products.
  • Determination of the potential as encapsulating material of the different by-products.
  • Fertilizer Formulation.
  • Development of a fertilizer encapsulation method.
  • Characterization of the fertilizers and performance of trials in plant at greenhouse level.

Expected results

  • Obtention of a fertilizer with the concentration of nutrients necessary for the plants.
  • Develop an encapsulated fertilizer with slow release capacity.
  • Achieve growth results better than a chemical fertilizer.
  • To valorize the maximum amount of by-products of this type of industries.




Total budget: 563.132,15‬€
CARTIF Grant: 150.696,48 €
Duration: Nov. 2015- Dic. 2017


Silvia Gómez

Division of Agrifood and Processes

Raúl Sánchez

Division of Agrifood and Processes


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