During the meeting, Maria Castellani (technical manager of the LIFE SUBSED project) illustrated the objectives and expected results. Particular attention was paid to the environmental issue and to the Italian legislation on the reuse of materials classified as waste. The latter represents today a significant regulatory barrier, which can slow down the transition towards a circular economy.
The meeting represented an opportunity for a fruitful comparison and exchange of ideas on the current regulatory framework and on possible development paths for sustainable solutions such as the one proposed by LIFE SUBSED.
Researchers from Miguel Hernández University illustrated the progress of the LIFE SUBSED project to the authorities of the port of Alicante.
Doctor Pilar Legua and Doctor Pablo Melgarejo met on February 15 with the port authorities of Alicante, at the facilities of the port of Alicante. The meeting was attended by the director of the port of Alicante, Carlos Eleno Carretero, the manager of the environment of the port of Alicante, Javier Jeréz Escolano, and the president of the Official College of Agricultural and Graduate Technical Engineers of Alicante (COITAGRA), Miguel Agulló Velasco.
During the meeting the objectives and expected results of the project were illustrated, as well as the progress of the actions currently underway.
The meeting represented a valuable opportunity to discuss sustainable alternatives for the reuse of marine sediments, which represent a significant problem for the Port Authority.
The Miguel Hernandez University organized a series of seminars in November and December 2020, aimed at students of the Degree courses in Agri-food and Agri-environmental Engineering and students of the Master’s Degree in Advanced Techniques for Research and Production in Fruit Growing.
During the meetings the objectives and expected results of the LIFE SUBSED project were illustrated. The students were also able to investigate the more technical aspects of the trials in progress in the Italian and Spanish experimental sites, evaluating the potential of marine sediment as an ingredient for sustainable nursery substrates.
The activities of the LIFE SUBSED project continue at the sites of the Italian and Spanish beneficiaries! Despite the difficulties related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and the delays in the progress of the planned actions, cultivation trials are progressing in parallel with the collection and analysis of data.
Here are some photos relating to the cultivation trials currently underway in Italy.
Monitoring on Calla lilies
Monitoring on Protea
Analysis on leaves of Protea with colorimeter
Here are some photos of the cultivation tests currently underway in Spain.
Gala Garcia Imbernon, director of Symborg, at the Caliplant experimental site
Lecture by UMH students at the experimental site of the LIFE SUBSED project
Even the dissemination activity does not stop!
The beneficiaries prepared and submitted two abstracts::
Landfarming to valorize phytoremediated marine sediments for their reuse In nursery “LIFE Subsed LIFE17 ENV/IT/000347” – Macci, S. Doni, E. Peruzzi, F. Vannucchi, M. Castellani, G. Masciandaro. Per XI International Symposium on Environmental Engineering. Torino 29 giugno-2 luglio 2020.
Recovery and environmental recycling of sediments: CNR-IRET Pisa experience – Macci, S. Doni, E. Peruzzi, F. Vannucchi, S. Lucchetti, M. Castellani, G. Masciandaro. Sednet 2021, 29 giugno-3 luglio, Lille University and Scientific Centre, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France.
A promotional video of the Life Subsed project was produced as part of #CREABREAK for # Innovazione2020, published on the CREA Youtube channel.
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Dr. Francesca Tozzi of Pescia’s CREA-OF conducted the online seminar “Riuso di sedimenti marini come substrato di crescita per l’orticoltura e il florovivaismo: i progetti Life Hortised e Subsed” (Reuse of marine sediments as a growth substrate for horticulture and horticulture: the Life Hortized and Subsed projects).
During the seminar the objectives and results obtained and expected from the two LIFE projects were presented. Both the project are committed to the reuse of marine sediments as a basis for the creation of sustainable substrates for horticulture and horticulture.
The seminar represented an opportunity for comparison and discussion on the issue of the circular economy in the agricultural and nursery sector and on future prospects in terms of environmental sustainability in these sectors.
On Friday 18 December 2020 Miguel Agulló Velasco, President of COITAGRA (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos Agrícolas y Graduados de Alicante) visited the demonstration site of the LIFE SUBSED project at the Miguel Hernandez University.
The UMH team illustrated the objectives and expected results of the project and accompanied the President on a visit to the experimental site of the SUBSED project. During the visit, the qualities of the plants in cultivation and the potential of the substrate based on marine sediment were assessed.
During the visit, the opportunities of the LIFE program for the development of new eco-sustainable technologies were also discussed, solutions that represent an incentive to the transition of companies towards more conscious circular economy models.
During the “III incontro annuale del Centro di Ricerca Orticoltura e Florovivaismo” (III annual meeting of the Horticulture and Nursery Research Center), which was held online on 17 December 2020, Dr. Stefania Nin of CREA-OF presented the LIFE SUBSED project to fellow researchers (the slides presented are available here).
About 50 researchers from CREA participated in the event.
During the meeting the objectives and expected results of the SUBSED project were presented, together with the actions currently underway and the next steps towards the validation of the proposed technological solutions.
On Wednesday 16 December 2020 Caliplant welcomed the Minister of Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and the Environment of the Region of Murcia, Antonio Luengo, the mayor of San Javier, José Miguel Luengo, the Councilor for Agriculture Sergio Martinez and the General Director of Waters Sebastian Delgado.
The technician Juan Luis Jimenez Martinez presented the objectives and the expected results of the LIFE SUBSED project to the politicians, underlining the importance that these initiatives have for the development of a more sustainable future in the agricultural sector.
During the visit, various political and legislative aspects were discussed, aspects which sometimes constitute real barriers to the development of a real and effective circular economy.
In light of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fifth periodic meeting of the LIFE SUBSED project was held online.
Although the contacts between the beneficiaries are almost daily, the coordination meetings represent an opportunity to present to the beneficiaries the progress of the individual actions and the results obtained. During the meeting the next steps and expected results have been also illustrated.
The beneficiaries, in light of the difficulties related to the current health emergency, have evaluated the possibility of requesting an extension of the duration of the project to EASME.
Below are the slides presented during the meeting.
On 16 October 2020, students from the Miguel Hernández University of Orihuela participated in a visit to the trial sites of the LIFE SUBSED project managed by Caliplant.
The objectives and expected results of the LIFE SUBSED project have been illustrated to the students and, together with the Caliplant technicians, they evaluated the ongoing activities at the experimental site.
The LIFE Program and the European actions to support innovation in the field of environmental sustainability were also illustrated to the students.
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