LIFE SUBSED introduced to stakeholders – March 2022

In March 2022, the CNR of Pisa organized several meetings to present the LIFE SUBSED project to interested parties, who can play a pivotal role in the continuation of the project and the exploitation of the proposed solutions.

Below are some photos.

Grazia Masciandaro and Claudia Fiorentino, Purification Interventions, Sludge, Energy Efficiency and PNRR section for Acquedotto Pugliese


Grazia Masciandaro and Claudia Marchetti, head of the “Public works, civil protection and environment” service of the Municipality of Calci (Pisa, Italy)


Grazia Masciandaro and Salvatore Pisano, CEO of Navicelli Srl

LIFE SUBSED meets Maria Chiara Carrozza – 21 February 2022

The group of researchers from the Pisa branch of the National Research Council (CNR) had the pleasure of welcoming Maria Chiara Carrozza, current president of the CNR and former Italian Minister of Education, University and Research.

The President Messa also met the team of researchers involved in the LIFE SUBSED project. During the visit various fronts for dialogue were opened, in particular on active projects and ongoing research activities but also on future developments, also in light of the new public investments planned with the Italian PNRR.

LIFE SUBSED and COP26: sediments and circular economy

CREA has signed the COP26 commitment for climate change and sediment management (Climate change and sediment management pledge), promoted and hosted by Navigating a Changing Climate and SedNet.

Dr. Stefania Nin, researcher at the CREA-OF in Pescia, was invited as a member of the SedNet WG on the topic “Sediments in Circular Economy” and as scientific director of the international LIFE SUBSED project.

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.

The poster presented by the CNR at its stand can be downloaded here.

LIFE SUBSED at the symposium “Presente y futuro de la agricultura de la Vega Baja del Segura” in Orihuela – 22-23 October 2021

Caliplant and UMH took part in the symposium “Presente y futuro de la agricultura de la Vega Baja del Segura” which was held on 22 and 23 October in Orihuela (Spain).

The Miguel Hernández University presented the LIFE SUBSED project with an intervention by Dr. Pilar Legua Murcia who, later, conducted a guided tour together with Dr. Dámaris Núñez Gómez at the experimental site of citrus cultivated on sed-based substrate.


* cover photo, from left: Antonio Rubio (Caliplant), Prof. Juan José Martínez (UMH), Aroa González (Caliplant), Prof. Pilar Legua (UMH), Prof. Vicente Lidon (UMH).

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.

The poster presented by the CNR at its stand can be downloaded here.

Here are some photos taken during the event.

LIFE SUBSED at the ISHS International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture – Ghent (Belgium), 22-27 August 2021

LIFE SUBSED took part in the II edition of the ISHS International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture, which was held in Ghent (Belgium) from 22 to 27 August 2021.

It represents a reference event for all operators in the sector, and the issues of environmental impact and the circular economy are increasingly recurrent in the programs of each appointment: this is certainly a favorable environment for making the LIFE SUBSED project known and collecting interesting feedback from operators and researchers.

The LIFE SUBSED project was presented by the researchers of the CREA-OF in Pescia thanks to a poster created for the occasion entitled “Sustainable substrates for agriculture from dredged remediated marine  sediments: from ports to pots (LIFE 17 ENV/IT/000347)” (downloadable here).