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.
The cultivation tests of food and non-food species in the Italian demonstration sites proceed regularly. The technicians of Flora Toscana, CREA and Carbonsink work assiduously to control and monitor the plants grown on the 3 sediment-based substrates using different water regimes.
In these photos technicians of CREA and Flora Toscana are working in the monitoring of growing parameters of the small protea plants.
The following photos show the monitoring of the germination data of the basil.
After obtaining the necessary authorizations to start the cultivation tests on the Italian sites (Tuscany Region adoptions n.4592 and 4593 of 27/03/2020 and n.4837 of 1/04/2020), the beneficiaries moved on to the preparation of the experimental sites and (obtained the permission of the Tuscany Region) on the start of the experimental activity.
The phytoremediated sediment has been delivered to the Italian sites and has been used for the preparation of the cultivation pots according to the experimental schemes defined. Currently seedlings of laurel, blueberry, wild strawberry, olive and protea have been potted. Concerning basil and calla, sowing and planting are foreseen in the coming months.
In parallel with the cultivation activities, monitoring activities have started by taking and analysing samples obtained from each cultivar.
The cultivation trials of citrus cultivars foreseen in the LIFE SUBSED project have begun a few days ago in Spain at Caliplant premises.
Once the sediment has been received by Spanish partners, it has been used for the preparation of the substrate and finally used for the potting of the citrus seedlings.
Currently, the monitoring activity of plant progress have started, accompanied by the dissemination activities related to new activities.
On March 27th the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio participated in an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 18 months of the LIFE Subsed project. Participants took part remotely in the event, in light of the issues related to the COVID-19 emergency. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months have been illustrated, also considering the impact that the current pandemic could have on the regular implementation of activities.
Here are the presentations prepared for the event.
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 CREA team welcomed the students of the Beijing Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences in visit to the CREA headquarters in Pescia in November 2019 as part of an International Cooperation Project. The Subsed project has been presented to Chinese students, who took part in a presentation concerning the objectives and expected results of the project.
During the visit of Dr. Cristina Macci, CNR researcher, to the Environment, Soil and Land-Use Department (Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, Wexford, Ireland) from 1 to 8 December 2019, the activities of the LIFE Subsed project has been presented to Simon Parker (Postdoc), Amanuel Gebremichael (Postdoc) and David Wal (Senior Research officer). The objectives, the main actions and the expected results of the project have been described.
The invitation letter and the presentation shown are available at these links.
Furthermore, the issue of dredging sediments and the different possibilities of re-using decontaminated sediments in various environmental sectors was addressed. During the meetings the process that will be undertaken during the project for the insertion of sediments in the list of agronomic substrates of the Italian legislation (Legislative Decree 75/2010) was described.
The LIFE Subsed project was present (thanks to the participation of the beneficiary CNR of Pisa) at BRIGHT 2019 – The night of researchers in Tuscany (here is the detail for the city of Pisa), now a classic annual appointment to make citizens aware of the excellence of Italian research.
During the day, objectives and expected results of the LIFE Subsed project has been exposed to the crowd that took part in the event by going to the stand of the CNR of Pisa.
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During the event, the general activities of the LIFE Subsed project has been described at the CNR stand, as well as its objectives, its main actions and the expected results. Particular attention has been paid to illustrating the problems inherent in the re-use of sediments, but relating them to their potential in different environmental sectors.