The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL project were held on May 5 and 10, 2022. Three conferences have been attended by 137 people in total, including students from the Integrated Training and Agricultural Experience Centers of Torre Pacheco and Lorca, as well as the technicians and farmers from the Águilas area.

The Águilas City Council has considerately collaborated in the organization of the conferences, attended also by Mr. Bartolomé Hernández Calvo from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Districts, Green Areas, and Market; and kindly assisted us providing the room where the talks have been conducted.

 

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

Different project partners have transmitted their results obtained so far to the attendees. At the end of the event, a visit to the farm has been carried out. The visitors were able to see the AGREMSOIL prototype for remediation of agricultural soil based on solarization and ozonation techniques.

The attendees have shown a great interest asking numerous questions and participating actively in debates, which took place after the talks.

 

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

The Open Days of the LIFE AGREMSOIL 2022

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils – Decision supporting tools towards SDG’s policy implementation

The event was held in University of Napoli Federico II during April 27-28. It was organized by the LANDSUPPORT Project, funded under the call H2020-RUR-2017-2 “Rural Renaissance- Fostering Innovation and Business Opportunities, under Grant Agreement 774234

LANDSUPPORT is developing an innovative DSS platform to support farmers’ associations, spatial planners, environmental agencies and policy makers in their work.

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils

The workshop was an opportunity to share experiences and discuss results towards a very ambitious goal: Development of decision support tools for key agriculture and environmental policies implementation including SDGs, CAP, New Green Deal, as well as other insights and initiatives within the projects.

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils

Representatives of LIFE-AGREMSO3IL project have attended the workshop Save Our Soils

AGREMSOIL's soil treatment system will be put in practice in one of the FRUCA farms in July

AGREMSOIL’s soil treatment system will be put in practice in one of the FRUCA farms in July

On April 1st, 2022, Novedades Agricolas y IMIDA visited the AgremSoil project´s replication and prototype activities farm, provided by the agricultural company FRUCA. Following the meeting held on March 15th, after having visited one farm located in the municipality of Blanca (Murcia) to determine the most appropriate characteristics of the plot, it was decided to select this one, located in Fuente Álamo (Murcia).

The farm is dedicated to the horticultural crop rotations in the open air: various types of lettuce, melon, brassicas such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, etc. Both, Novedades Agrícolas (NOVAGRIC) and IMIDA, hereby express their gratitude to FRUCA for the given opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the AGREMSOIL system in an open-air plot of approximately 3,000 m2. The installation of the equipment is scheduled for the second half of June in order to carry out the treatment in July.

 

AGREMSOIL's soil treatment system will be put in practice in one of the FRUCA farms in July

AGREMSOIL's soil treatment system will be put in practice in one of the FRUCA farms in July

Soil Health Initiative – protecting, sustainably managing and restoring EU soils

Soil Health Initiative – protecting, sustainably managing and restoring EU soils

The European Commission, through DG Environment (Unit D1 Land Use & Management) is working in a new initiative on Soil Health in order to contribute to the overall goals of the European Green Deal, to existing EU medium- and long-term policy objectives for 2030 and 2050, and particularly to the vision that all soil ecosystems should be in healthy condition by 2050.

The project LIFE AgRemSO3il has contributed with a comment to the call for evidence launched in this regard. This is a participatory process targeted to public and stakeholders on the Commission’s future legislative work so they can provide feedback on the Commission’s understanding of the problem and possible solutions and give any relevant information.

 

Soil Health Initiative – protecting, sustainably managing and restoring EU soils

Soil Health Initiative – protecting, sustainably managing and restoring EU soils

 

The comment summarises some project results and states that the use of ozone in agriculture is not allowed at present, and there is a legal gap regarding its application for remediation purposes. The results of the project can provide new views for an open debate and also help to underpin any decision-making process regarding farm soils’ remediation.

Link to the info on the initiative: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/13350-Soil-health-protecting-sustainably-managing-and-restoring-EU-soils/details/F2918431_en

LIFE AgremSO3il project attended the Soil Mission Support Workshop

LIFE AgremSO3il project attended the Soil Mission Support Workshop

Agremsoil has attended the Soil Mission Support Workshop on the EU Soil Mission objective “Reduce the EU’s global footprint on soils”, on March 15, 2022, contributing to ideas and opinions on different aspects on reducing the EU’s global footprint on soils.

Objective of the workshop has been focused on getting inputs from the land and soil use actors and experts within Europe on issues related to land degradation relating to desertification, conservation and increase soil organic carbon stocks, reduction of soil pollution and enhance restoration, prevention of erosion, improvement of soil structure, reduction of the EU global footprint on soils and increment of soil literacy in society across Europe.

 

LIFE AgremSO3il project attended the Soil Mission Support Workshop

LIFE AgremSO3il project attended the Soil Mission Support Workshop

 

The results will be used in the research and innovation roadmap supporting the implementation of the Soil Mission, aimed at improving the coordination of research and innovation on soil and land management, in support of the Horizon Europe Mission in the area of Soil Health and Food, the European Green Deal, and to improve the contribution of soil and land-related services to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Further information on Soil Mission Support can be obtained here.

AGREMSOIL project attendance at Ozone webinar

On February 17th, NOVAGRIC and IMIDA took part in the webinar ‘Ozone and its use in agriculture’ organized by the Technology Transfer Service of the Murcia Regional Directorate on Agriculture managing the Measure 1 (Knowledge Transfer) of the Rural Development Program.

 

AGREMSOIL project at Ozone webinar

AGREMSOIL project at Ozone webinar

 

Francisco González Zapater, Head of the Regional Service of Plant Health described the current legal status of the uses of ozone in agriculture, not allowed at present. Isabel Garrido (IMIDA) presented an overview of the project and the activities and results up to date. Juan Pardo and Lucas Galera (NOVAGRIC) explained the prototype developments and commented commercial possibilities.

144 people attended the webinar and the event was posted in the Youtube channel of the Technology Transfer Service, with 633 subscribers. During the two following weeks the video had more than 250 views showing the interest of this topic for farmers and technicians.

 

AGREMSOIL project at Ozone webinar

AGREMSOIL project at Ozone webinar

 

LIFE-AGREMSOIL in ANUKIS workshop

On March 2nd, AGREMSOIL participated in the ANUKIS workshop, organized by the University of Almería and the Research Center of Solar Energy, CIESOL. The project objectives and recent results were explained to the attendees and also to the audience connected to this hybrid webinar.

 

LIFE-AGREMSOIL in ANUKIS workshop

LIFE-AGREMSOIL in ANUKIS workshop

 

ANUKIS project is aimed to develop a new solar technology for the treatment of wastewater and its safe reuse, innovating in the simultaneous elimination of both chemical contamination and microbial pathogens, according to Regulation 2020/ 741 of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe to stimulate and facilitate the reuse of water for crop irrigation. Its main impact is “the design, construction and evaluation of a new continuous flow reactor for solar photo-Fenton on a demonstrative scale in a real operating scenario”. The project is developed in the wastewater treatment plant ‘Uleila del Campo’, as an example of the application of regeneration treatments in small towns since is in the interior rural areas where populations are more affected by water scarcity.

The exchange of information and results regarding the uses of oxidation processes has encouraged both projects’ partners to explore possibilities of further projects in the field of environmental effects of agriculture.

Watch the complete workshop in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaRiMwYJ2NA

LIFE AgremSO3il project has been presented at Agroexpo 2022

Novagric attended the Agroexpo 2022 International Fair, which took place in Don Benito, Badajoz from March 2 to 5, as a part of the LIFE AgremSO3il project dissemination plan.  The fair is dedicated to agriculture and stands out as one of the key events within the sector for its extensive program of technical workshops.

The Fair has been used as an opportunity to present the Agremsoil Project to different potential partners who have expressed very much interest in the topic.

 

Mr.Juan Fco Blanco, Manager of ACOPAEX, and Mr. Jesús Valencia, Technical Director of Agrifood Cooperatives of Andalusia, together with Mr. Juanjo Vázquez, Responsible for Business Development of Novagric

Mr.Juan Fco Blanco, Manager of ACOPAEX, and Mr. Jesús Valencia, Technical Director of Agrifood Cooperatives of Andalusia, together with Mr. Juanjo Vázquez, Responsible for Business Development of Novagric

 

Mr. Juanjo Vázquez together with Mr. Javier García Díaz, Director of Agrifood Cooperatives of Extremadura and and Mr. Jesús Valencia, Technical Director of Agrifood Cooperatives of Andalusia

 

Mr. Juanjo Vázquez Together with Mr. Miguel de la Rubia, current President of Agrocolor, the first Global GAP certifier in Spain.

A new greenhouse assay sheds light on the effects of irrigation with ozonated water in soil fertility, biodiversity and plant growth

Soil biodiversity is key to maintain ecosystem services and soil fertility. However, the huge soil microbial diversity is affected by agricultural practices such irrigation, fertilizers, pollutants, etc. Among them, the accumulation of pesticides in soil is a threat in global agriculture. The LIFE AGREMSO3IL has suggested the use of ozone in irrigation water as a strategy for fostering pesticide degradation. Ozone is an oxidant and biocide molecule that could potentially affect to soil biodiversity and their key functions related to soil fertility.

The recent study lead by CEBAS-CSIC have preliminarily revealed that the irrigation with ozonated water does not decrease the content of soil organic carbon, a key indicator of soil sustainability in Mediterranean agroecosystems. Nevertheless, results suggest that this type of irrigation contributes to the partial degradation of organic matter and the release of bioavailable forms of carbon and nitrogen in soil. These results are in agreement with the observed increases in soil enzyme activities which are intimately linked to nutrient cycles. These increases are also related with the variations in the biomass of the soil microbial community. At plant level, results showed that ozonated water caused a greater photosynthetic rate and fruit quality in tomato crops. These results are preliminary and further research would extent the knowledge on the potential effects of ozonated water in soil-plant systems.

LIFE Agremso3il - Preparation works of solarization/ozonation phase

Field trials on real farm conditions

The project LIFE Agremso3il aims at the remediation of pesticide residues in farm soils using a combination of two technologies: ozone and solarization.

In June 2020, the AGREMSO3IL prototype was transferred from Torreblanca experimental farm to “Cuesta Mula” pilot farm in Águilas (Murcia). This commercial farm is placed in a representative area where tomato is a traditional important agricultural product, and belongs to the co-operative Expoáguilas, formed by 70 farmers.

Two essential developments of the project were carried out in the pilot farm in order to test and demonstrate the prototype operation and performance in real farm conditions. The AGREMSO3IL system is applied in two phases. Firstly, before the crop is planted, ozone is applied together with solarization during 40 to 60 days. The soil surface is covered with a polyethylene film and ozone is applied using pipes placed both on the soil surface and buried 10 cm into the soil. Then, ozone is supplied in the irrigation water, along the crop cycle.

The first trial was conducted in a 1,000 m2 greenhouse under plastic, starting with the solarization phase on July 8th. The cultivation phase of tomato crop started in September 2020 and lasted until April 2021. The preliminary results show that the application of AGREMSO3IL produces the degradation of pesticide residues in soil about 63%, when the elimination of these pollutants in the control soil (without any remediation treatment) was insignificant. The remediation effect of AGREMSO3IL is mainly due to the high oxidative power of ozone together with the high temperatures reached under the plastic film.

Regarding the effects on soil microbiota, the application of ozone in irrigation water favoured almost all microbial groups, perhaps by enhancing the degradation of compounds present in the soil matrix that microorganisms could assimilate easily. Likewise, some enzyme activities were enhanced by the ozone treatment, thereby favouring biogeochemical cycles. The application of ozone in irrigation water affects the nutritional, physiological, and yield status of tomato plants. Some of these effects are positive, since the fruits produced with ozone treatment are slightly better quality than those produced by the control.

The second demonstration activity started in May 2021 in a plot under net located in the same farm. After the solarisation + ozonation phase, the new tomato crop was planted in July. The effects of the treatments are now under monitoring up to the end of the season, foreseen in May 2022.

The results obtained by the project have shown that the AGREMSO3IL system produces the degradation of the pollutants accumulated in the soil for years in a notably shorter time, reducing threats and risks to environment and human health.

LIFE Agremso3il - Tomato crop in cultivation phase

LIFE Agremso3il – Tomato crop in cultivation phase

LIFE Agremso3il - Preparation works of solarization/ozonation phase

LIFE Agremso3il – Preparation works of solarization/ozonation phase