On Monday 8 March 2021 the researchers of Flora Toscana and of the CREA-OF met Massimo Centemero, of the Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (Italian Composting Consortium), and Sofia Mannelli, of the Associazione Chimica Verde (Association for Green Chemistry).
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.
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.
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.
On Monday 5 October 2020 the Caliplant team hosted Gala Garcia Imbernon, General Manager of Symborg, at the demonstration site where the cultivation trial of the LIFE SUBSED project are underway.
Symborg is a leading company in the production of biofertilizers and in the development of new biotechnologies for the agronomic sector.
During the meeting, Caliplant technicians illustrated the objectives and expected results of the LIFE SUBSED project and conducted a visit to the experimental sites where the small plants are growing.
The meeting allowed for an exchange of ideas and visions on the future and on the innovations that companies are called to introduce in their traditional production cycles, in order to make agriculture increasingly sustainable and to implement real models of circular economy.
Also this year – thanks to the Flora Toscana participation – LIFE Subsed took part to the IPM Essen fair. This fair is one of the most important fairs in floriculture sector in the world, and this year 54,000 (+1,200 compared to 2019) visitors from 100 countries came to see the products and services of the 1,538 exhibitors. More than ever, climate change and sustainability have been the dominant subjects at the fair. This context has been perfect for the dissemination of the contents of the LIFE SUBSED project, and several positive opinions have been collected by visitors to the stand organized by Flora Toscana.
The contents of the LIFE Subsed project were presented to the students of the floriculture course of the University of Florence, accompanied by Professor Baldi as part of a training exercise that was conducted at the Flora Toscana headquarters.