The LIFE SUBSED project has been presented to the representatives of the Coldiretti association during a visit at Flora Toscana. Flora Toscana and CREA researchers and technicians illustrated the objectives, expected results and progress of the project. Particular attention has been paid to the issues of circularity and environmental sustainability.
In the photo above (from left): Marco Innocenti (Vice President of Flora Toscana), Paolo Batoni (Vice President of Flora Toscana), Maurizio Procissi (Head of the Pescia Coldiretti Office), Gianfranco Drigo (Director of Coldiretti Pistoia), Teodoro Cardi (Director of CREA -OF), Stefania Nin (CREA-OF researcher and scientific responsible of LIFE SUBSED) and Daniele Massa (CREA-OF Head of Pescia).
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 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.
The Fascination of Plants Day is the international day dedicated to the fascination of plants. Different events take place in different cities: in Pescia CREA organised an event dedicated to students of scientific and technological high schools and agricultural technical institutes, who took part in guided visits to the greenhouses and laboratories of the CREA headquarters in Pescia. During the event, the CREA team illustrated objectives and expected results of the LIFE Subsed project and distributed the dissemination material to the participating students.
Naturalitas is an important annual event that takes place at the Agronomical Institute of Pescia. The CREA team participated in this event by setting up a stand dedicated to the LIFE SUBSED project. The event is open to both researchers and students and to the general public, and it represented a precious opportunity to illustrate the objectives and actions of the SUBSED project and to distribute the information material produced by the beneficiaries.