I am Evy, a PhD candidate at the University of Amsterdam in the Ecosystem and Landscape dynamics group (IBED-ELD). I am working on the potential of composting rose waste from large-scale rose farm and subsequent field application. My background is in Earth Sciences and over the years my interest has focussed on biogeochemical cycles.
Towards sustainable processing of rose waste in Kenya
The limited usage of rose debris for composting makes large-scale rose farming far from a sustainable circular economy. Composting of rose debris is hampered by unfavorable chemical and physical properties of specific parts of roses. This project looks for optimal mixtures of rose debris with other green wastes and tests its potential in a commercial setting. Mixtures will be tested in both mechanistic laboratory studies and on-site field experiments at a large-scale rose farm in Kenya. In this project we want to test composting as method to secure a closed cycle of resources.