On February 28th, 2019 the first visit from the external monitoring team, NEEMO, took place in the IMIDA facilities located in Murcia, Spain.
The purpose of this visit was to monitor the progress of the AgRemSO3il’s actions since the its beginning on July 1st, 2018. In order to do so, each partner made a detailed presentation of the progress of the actions that they have been developing since the date mentioned previously as well as they presented all the supporting documents, like timesheets, deliverables, invoices and internal procedures to the monitoring team NEEMO.
On November 6th and 7th, 2018 two of the AgRemSO3il partners attended the kick-off meeting for ENV and GIE LIFE17 projects with the Contracting Authority representatives in Brussels, Belgium. The two partners mentioned previously, IMIDA and IDC, were represented by Isabel Garrido and Rodrigo Arandi-Klee respectively, who are responsible of the technical, administrative and financial management.
The purpose of this kick-off meeting was to provide with relevant policy topics, the LIFE programme rules, the role of the external monitoring team -NEEMO- in the projects’ implementation, and communication and dissemination matters.
IMIDA and IDC made a short presentation regarding the background, objectives, impacts, policy implication and technology transfer approach of AgRemSO3il.
CSIC is using different approaches to evaluate the influence of ozone (O3) in the soil microbial quality.
For example, the biomass of the soil microbial communities is analyzed through the extraction and quantification of fatty acids from soil by gas cromatography (Pictures 1). In addition, the activity of microbial communities is measured thorugh different soil enzyme activities, such, urease, alkaline phosphatase and β-glucosidase (Picture 2), which are related to the cycles of nitrogen (N), phosphous (P) and carbon (C) in terrestrial ecosystems, respectively.
The results indicate that ozone may impact in the biomass of the soil microbial community, but also in the activity of soil enzymes. Ozone also enhanced the decomposition of soil organic matter and, hence, increased the content of water-soluble C and N fractions. In some cases, the greater availability of water-soluble compounds in treated samples can be responsible of the reduced enzyme activity by negative feedback mechanisms.
Picture 1. Process of extraction and separation of fatty acids from soil (left panel) and gas gromatograh utilized for measuring microbial fatty acids (right panel).
Picture 2. Examples of some soil samples utilized for analyses in AgRemSO3il (left panel) and colorimetric reaction for measuring soil phosphatase activity (right panel).
On July 3rd, 2018 the AgRemSO3il consortium, IMIDA, CSIC, NOVAGRIC and IDC, gathered together in the IMIDA facilities in Murcia, Spain.
The purpose of this kick-off meeting was to have the first face-to-face meeting and to speak about the general scope of the project, the consortium’s structure, the role of each partner in each action of the project and the administrative and financial management procedure to be followed for the entire duration of the project.