The first Spanish workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project – 29 November 2021

The Miguel Hernández University (UMH), with the contribution of Caliplant Agro and the entire consortium, organized the first Spanish workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project, entitled “SUBSED: Sustratos sustainibles para la agricultura a partir de sedimentos marinos remediados dragados: de puertos a macetas” (here the program).

The event was held on Monday 29 November 2021 as a bimodal workshop (participation possible both online and live): the first part of the meeting was dedicated to oral presentations, while the second part was dedicated to a visit to the experimental site managed by UMH within the framework of the LIFE SUBSED project.

In addition to the partners directly involved in the LIFE SUBSED project, the workshop hosted the presentations of some important guests: the LIFE SUBSED project consortium thanks Dr. Miguel Agulló (President of COITAGRA) and Prof. Edgardo Giordani, Professor of the University of Florence and coordinator of the LIFE HORTISED project (whose results are the foundations of the LIFE SUBSED project).

At the end of the oral presentation session, a discussion session was held between the participants and the representatives of the LIFE SUBSED consortium, and the effectiveness of sediment reuse for plant cultivation and the associated environmental benefits were discussed.

Here are the presentations exhibited during the workshop.

The consortium thanks all the participants for taking part at the event and for the interest shown in our initiative.

LIFE SUBSED at the International Floriculture Trade Fair IFTF2021 – 3-5 November 2021

Flora Toscana brings LIFE SUBSED to the IFTF2021 in Netherlands!!

The Cooperative took part in the International Floriculture Trade Fair IFTF2021 which was organized by HPP Exhibitions and held from 3 to 5 November 2021 in Vijhuizen at Expo Haarlemmermeer.

With its 10th edition (after a forced pause in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic), the fair promotes the trade of flowers and potted plants, aiming at the same time at increasing their production and consumption.

IFTF is an international platform where developments and trends in the horticultural sector are discussed, and represents a valid opportunity to promote the contents and results of the LIFE SUBSED project and its circular strategy.


LIFE SUBSED at Ecomondo 2021 – 26-29 October 2021

The CNR-IRET of Pisa took part in the Ecomondo international fair, which was held in Rimini from 26 to 29 October 2021 (here the program).

Ecomondo is the reference event in Europe for the ecological transition
and the new models of circular and regenerative economy: the perfect opportunity to present the objectives, actions and results of the LIFE SUBSED project. The CNR researchers conducted an extensive dissemination campaign, presenting the LIFE SUBSED project to the visitors of the fair and distributing the promotional material prepared for the occasion.

On the cover, Dr. Cristina Macci next to the monitor of the LIFE SUBSED project, Dr. Carlo Ponzio. In the gallery below other photos taken during the event.

LIFE SUBSED at the FRUIT ATTRACTION 2021 – 05-07 October 2021

The Fruit Attraction international fair took place from 05 to 07 October in Madrid. Caliplant Agro S.L organized a series of meetings and seminars to present and illustrate the contents and activities of the LIFE SUBSED project.

Our Juan Miguel Rubio coordinated the technical team, composed by Juan Luis Jiménez Martínez and Oussama Hamza, in strong dissemination action in favor of the LIFE SUBSED project.

The technicians Juan Miguel Rubio and Oussama Hamza.


The technician Juan Luis Jiménez during a meeting with the Peruvian company Inka’s Berries, discussing the possibility of converting marine sediment into commercial substrate.


Aroa González, project financial manager for Caliplant Agro S.L, together with Pilar Legua and Pablo Melgarejo from UMH and the President of the Region of Murcia, Fernando Lopez Miras.


Antonio Luengo Zapata, Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Environment of the Region of Murcia, together with the director Víctor Serrano and the scientists of the Instituto Murciano de Investigación y desarrollo Agrario y Medioambiental.


Emilio Bascuñana Galiano, Mayor of Orihuela, together with Víctor Valverde Sáez, Councilor for Emergencies, Rural Development, Employment Promotion and Agriculture.


Víctor Roberto Serrano Conesa director of IMIDA, Instituto Murciano de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario Medioambiental.


Caliplant’s technical team illustrating the LIFE SUBSED project to several visitors from various companies.


Amine Bennani, manager of STE PHYTO LOUKKOS SARL, a company based in Morocco, specialized in innovation in the field of plant protection and nutrition.


Mateu Chilet, Business Development Manager of Genesis Innovation Group, an international company highly specialized in the production of new protected varieties on a global scale.


The technical team of the Diamond Seeds company, S.L. specialized in the selection, production, development and marketing of vegetable variety seeds and member of the International Seed Federation (ISF) and of the Professional Association of Selected Seeds (APROSE).


Angel Pino, Research and Development director of the Anecoop Group, a group of Spanish citrus cooperatives very active in improving the environment.


Miguel Bilbao, technical director of Agrosana Servicios Agrícolas, a company with various areas of activity related to agriculture, operating both in the Region of Murcia and in the north-east of Almería.


Pedro Fernandez Henarejos Garre president of SOLTIR (Sol y Tierra Campo de Cartagena), a company operating in the marketing and distribution of fruit and vegetables at national and European level, together with Jose Antonio Martínez Sanchez, managing partner of the same.


Fernando Cosme, Director of the companies Torremendo lo Costa SL, Rambla Salada S.L and Proap SL, specialized in the cultivation of citrus, stone fruit and grapes.


Daniel Rivero, Director of Viveros Rivera, a gardening plant production and marketing company based in Malaga.


Members of the C.V.V.P – Compañía de Variedades Vegetales Protegidas.

LIFE SUBSED at RemTech 2021 – 20-24 September 2021

The CNR-IRET of Pisa participated in the RemTech Expo 2021, which took place in Ferrara from 20 to 24 September 2021.

RemTech is an international event specialized in the protection and sustainable development of the territory; remediation of contaminated sites, coasts and ports; hydrogeological instability; climate change; seismic risk; urban regeneration and sustainable chemical industry.

The researchers of CNR-IRET presented the objectives, actions and results of the LIFE SUBSED project to the visitors of the fair, also sharing the promotional material prepared for the occasion.

Here are some photos taken during the event.

LIFE SUBSED at the XII SedNet International Conference (online) – 28 June-2 July 2021

The SedNet international conference entitled “Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development” this year took place online, from 28 June to 2 July (the program is available here). The research team of the CNR-IRET of Pisa took part in the event with thanks to participation of Dr. Cristina Macci.

During the online event, the projects in which the group participated were presented, among which there is also the LIFE SUBSED project. Click on the preview below to download the presentation!





Networking meeting with Luca Sittoni – 2 August 2021

On 2 August 2021, Cristina Macci, Grazia Masciandaro, CNR researchers and involved in the SUBSED project, met Luca Sittoni, senior advisor in the Ecosystem and Sediment Dynamics department of Deltares (Netherlands) and Program Manager and member of the EcoShape Building with Nature Management Team.

Cristina Macci and Luca Sittoni met in the “12th International SedNet Conference (online)” when, during the “Circular Economy” session, Cristina gave a presentation entitled “Recovery and environmental recycling of sediments: CNR IRET Pisa experience”, and Luca Sittoni gave the Keynote presentation “Beneficial Sediment Use and NatureBased Solutions: opportunities for sustainable and circular developments”.


During the meeting, the problem of sediments dredging and management was addressed, focusing on the importance of their remediation using natural technologies (NBS, Natuaral Based solution) and of their reuse.

In the Netherlands the sediments that comply with the limits set by national legislation, can be reused in the environment and also in agriculture, while in Italy it is not still possible.

This meeting gave rise to the interest in collaborating on future projects, in participating in the drafting of manuals containing case studies on sediment remediation and recovery (PIANC report on the Beneficial Use of Sediments) and the possibility of organizing a workshop to present their own experiences.

30 months monitoring meeting – 22 April 2021

On 22 April 2021 the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the external monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio met during an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 30 months of the LIFE Subsed project. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months were illustrated.

Subsequently, on Monday 26 April, the beneficiaries and the external monitor met live at Flora Toscana to visit the experimental sites of the LIFE SUBSED project, and to personally verify the progress and results achieved with the planned activities.

The first Italian workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project – 8 July 2021

Flora Toscana, with the contribution of the entire consortium, organized the first Italian workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project, entitled “Substrati sostenibili per l’agricoltura ottenuti da sedimenti marini dragati e bonificati: dai porti ai vasi” (Sustainable substrates for agriculture obtained from dredged and reclaimed marine sediments: from ports to vessels-  here the program).

103 participants took part in the online event: agronomists, researchers, students and operators in the agricultural, floricultural and nursery sectors.

At the opening of the workshop, greetings were held from figures relevant for the success of LIFE SUBSED and the future exploitation of its results: the consortium thanks Dr. Gennaro Giliberti, manager of the Tuscany Region, Dr. Giulio Lotti, President of the Order of Agronomist and Forestry Doctors of the Province of Pistoia (which sponsored the event), and Dr. Stefano Gori, technical-scientific director of the interprovincial Lucca-Pistoia Nursery Association.

LIFE SUBSED also thanks Prof. Edgardo Giordani, Associate Professor of the University of Florence and coordinator of the LIFE HORTISED project (in which LIFE SUBSED has its roots), and Dr. Sofia Mannelli, president of the Bionet Green Chemistry Association.

During the workshop, in addition to presenting the progress of the LIFE SUBSED project and its objectives and expected results, a discussion was opened between the participants regarding the possibility of implementing circular economy solutions in the current regulatory context, reaching the common conclusion that it would be preferable to have support from the legislator for the implementation of these eco-sustainable technologies.

By clicking on the following images, you coul download the slides presented during the last workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project. The consortium thanks everyone for the participation and interest shown in our initiative. We look forward to welcoming you again during our next events!










LIFE SUBSED took part in the SWAP Seasonal School of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – 30 June 2021

From 28 June to 2 July 2021 the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa organized a series of workshops/webinars as part of its Seasonal School “The soil-water and plant continuum for urban and rural wastewater phytotreatment and contaminated site remediation (SWAP)“.

Dr. Masciandaro presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the day entitled “Phytoremediation of contaminated land and phytotreatement of polluted water: successfull case studies” (here the specific program).

The presentation shown during the intervention entitled “Phytotreatment techniques for dredging sediments: the LIFE AGRISED and LIFE SUBSED experiences” can be downloaded here.