Compost Erasmus

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Background and experience

Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU) has 49.791 students, is one of the most competitive universities in Turkey. The reputation and popularity of COMU in Turkey is based on the high quality teaching and learning experience available to students at the university. COMU actively seeks to propose and develop projects within international research programmes. COMU attracted millions of Euros in research grants and contract income from a variety of funders, including the EU, the Turkish Science and Technology Research Council (TUBITAK), the Turkish Ministry of Development, the Turkish Higher Education Council and various NGOs. The Agriculture Faculty initiated its BSc programs in the 1995-1996 academic year. At present, the Faculty of Agriculture is located in its own building on the Terzioglu Campus. There are 10 departments in the faculty; Horticulture, Plant Protection, Landscape Architecture, Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural Economy, Field Crops, Agricultural Machinery, Agricultural Structure and Irrigation, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, and Animal Science. All of these programmes have undergraduate and graduate programmes and several scientific research activities are being carried out by 99 academic and 10 administrative staff. Faculty has; 74 offices, 22 classrooms, 17 laboratories, 1 amphitheatre, 1 seminar room, 1 computer laboratory with 30 computers, 1 technical drawing room with 20 drawing tables, 1 common room for staff and students, 1 student cafeteria and 9 cold storage warehouses. Practical studies for undergraduate and graduate education programmes are conducted at the Sarıcaeli and Dardanos Campuses. At the Dardanos Campus, research and practical studies, including plant production, are carried out on 160 thousand square meters of irrigated agricultural land. At the Sarıcaeli Campus, for scientific research activities there are two livestock buildings for goats of the Animal Science department and warehouses and mechanical workshops of the Agriculture Machinery department. There are also 160
thousand square meters of grassland and an area of 40 thousand square meters for field crop production. In the faculty laboratories, there are several devices supported by the TÜBİTAK, DPT and BAP research institutions, which make it possible to analyse soil, plants, water and animal feed and it is also possible to detect the quality of agricultural products and plant diseases and pests. Our faculty not only has many international agreements (e.g. Erasmus Programme) for the exchange of students and academic staff all around the world but also a lot of international research activities.

Composter Project Team of Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University

Prof.Dr. Hasan Özcan

Soil Science and Plant Nutrition department has four fully automatically controlled compost production reactors and soil laboratories are capable to do all compost quality analysis. Hasan Özcan is a full professor at Faculty of Agriculture ÇOMU and has received his PhD at the Department of Soil Science in 1995 from Cukurova University, Adana, Turkey.

He is working on soil genesis, soil survey and mapping, land evaluation and land use planning, remote sensing, geographic information systems, drought vulnerability, soil and water contamination and reclamation. He conducted and participated in numerous national (TUBITAK) projects such as; “Determination of Nitrate, Pesticide and Some Quality Parameters in Çanakkale Kumkale Plain Surface and Underground Water Resources” , “Investigation of the Effects of Tuzla (Çanakkale) Geothermal on Aquifer, Soil and Water in the Region”, “Remote Sensing and GIS Mapping of Kavak Delta (Saros Bay) Flora and Avifauna Features, Halophyte-Soil Relationship and Coastal Dune Change”, “Evaluation of Mining Activities in Çan Coal Basin in terms of Medical Geology”, “Land Use Planning in Gökçeada”, “Land Use Suitability Analysis in Kara Menderes Stream Basin Using Analytical Hierarchy Process and Geographical Information Systems”.

Prof.Dr. Yasemin Kavdır

She is working as a full professor in ÇOMU, Agricultural Faculty, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition Department.She holds a Ph.D. degree at Crop and Soil Sciences Department from Michigan State University in 2000. She is working on soil physics and biophysics, soil conditioners and soil reclamation. She is also working on utilizing agricultural wastes in agriculture such as making them compost and biochar. She has been conducting research projects on composting and utilizaton of different agricultural by-products such as olive pomace, green walnut husk, tomato stalks, vine pruning wastes, rice stalks, fish remainigs. She has participated in reviewing EU Scientific projects such as PRIMA Stage I and II in 2019 and H2020- Call 2014-SFS. Additionally she has participated in many TUBİTAK project review panels. She is regularly presenting her work at international scientific conferences and journals. She conducted several national TUBITAK funded projects related to composts such as: 1) PI, Co-composting of fish processing factory wastes and olive pomace and determining their effects on soil physical properties . TÜBİTAK 2241 A, 2014-10, 01/04/2015 -25/06/2015; 2) PI, Effects of olive pomace and green walnut husk application on soil nematodes TÜBİTAK 2241 A, 2013-11- 2013-2015 ; 3)PI.Effects of Non-Composted and Composted Applications of Olive Oil Dry Waste on Soil Agregate Stabilization and Plant Growth. TUBİTAK TOVAG 106O371, 2006-2010; 4) PI, Investigation of potential use of raw and smart microgel coated olive pomace and walnut husk and their composts against the root-knot nematode TÜBİTAK 214O422, TUBİTAK PROJECT. 2015 -2019 Additionally, she has conducted two University funded research projects on composting such as; 1)Co-PI, Removal of heavy metals from an aqueous solution with biochar from green walnut shell. ÇOMU-BAP, FBA-2018-2019.Co-PI 2)PI.Temporal Change of the Effect of olive pomace and Vineyard Prunning Waste Composts on the Physical Properties of Soils in Different Textures. FDK-2018-1366. 22/01/2018.

Prof.Dr. Ahmet Evren Erginal

He is a professor of physical geography and is currently working in the Faculty of Education at Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey. He has nearly 200 scientific publications in the aforementioned issues and serves as reviewer and editor in leading international journals. He has experience in project writing and management and completed an Erasmus + project in 2017 within the scope of strategic partnership. In the proposed project, he will be the Log-frame Matrix operator in the project and will take an active role at various work packages, such as planning of project activities.