LIFE SUBSED took part in the SWAP Seasonal School of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – 30 June 2021

From 28 June to 2 July 2021 the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa organized a series of workshops/webinars as part of its Seasonal School “The soil-water and plant continuum for urban and rural wastewater phytotreatment and contaminated site remediation (SWAP)“.

Dr. Masciandaro presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the day entitled “Phytoremediation of contaminated land and phytotreatement of polluted water: successfull case studies” (here the specific program).

The presentation shown during the intervention entitled “Phytotreatment techniques for dredging sediments: the LIFE AGRISED and LIFE SUBSED experiences” can be downloaded here.

LIFE SUBSED at the XII SedNet International Conference (online) – 28 June-2 July 2021

The SedNet international conference entitled “Sediment Challenges and Opportunities due to Climate Change and Sustainable Development” this year took place online, from 28 June to 2 July (the program is available here). The research team of the CNR-IRET of Pisa took part in the event with thanks to participation of Dr. Cristina Macci.

During the online event, the projects in which the group participated were presented, among which there is also the LIFE SUBSED project. Click on the preview below to download the presentation!

 

 

 

 

30 months monitoring meeting – 22 April 2021

On 22 April 2021 the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the external monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio met during an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 30 months of the LIFE Subsed project. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months were illustrated.

Subsequently, on Monday 26 April, the beneficiaries and the external monitor met live at Flora Toscana to visit the experimental sites of the LIFE SUBSED project, and to personally verify the progress and results achieved with the planned activities.

LIFE SUBSED at the XI International Symposium on Environmental Engineering 2021 in Turin – 29 June-2 July 2021

The CNR-IRET group of Pisa presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the XI International Symposium of Environmental Engineering, which was held in Turin from 29 June to 2 July (the program is available here). For the occasion, the group presented an abstract entitled “Landfarming to valorize phytoremediated sediments for their reuse in nursery “LIFE SUBSED LIFE17 ENV/IT/000347””.

Together with the abstract, a poster (downloadable here) was also presented, which systematically illustrates the process and the results of the landfarming carried out during the LIFE SUBSED project.

Presentation of LIFE SUBSED to Coldiretti representatives – 27 May 2021

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).

Meeting with the Italian Composting Consortium – 8 March 2021

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.

The new seminars for UMH students on the LIFE SUBSED project – November and December 2020

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.

LIFE SUBSED does not stop! The experimental tests on the new sediment-based substrate continue

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.

More info on the events and dissemination activities of the LIFE SUBSED project are available on the News and Events page!

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Miguel Agulló Velasco, President of COITAGRA, visiting the LIFE SUBSED demonstration site – 18 December 2020

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.