LIFE AgRemSO3il at Fruit Logistica 2019

Fruit Logistica opened its doors once again this year at the exhibition grounds in Berlin between 6th and 8th February for what has become known as the most significant agricultural trade show in Europe.

The presence of Spain – and Murcia, of course – stood out and Fruit Logistica once again displayed its ability to draw in the crowds with the presence of representatives from all five continents.

The LIFE-AgRemSO3il project was represented at the trade show by IMIDA

Degradation experiments in controlled conditions

With the aim of improving the ozonation method, IMIDA have carried out more experiments at laboratory scale in controlled conditions.

Ozone tests were developed in a glass container (volume 150 L) connected to the small-scale ozone generator. All assays were carried out using a pyrex glass vessels (110 mm long, 80 mm diameter) containing 100 g of two different soils spiked with a mixture of pesticides.

Ozonation treatment was applied to both soils at a fixed ozone concentration. A control experiment was also conducted using soil not exposed to ozonation.

LIFE-AgRemSO3il at LIFE Drainuse Final Conference

IMIDA was invited to take part in the Final conference of the project LIFE-DRAINUSE (LIFE14 ENV/ES/000538) held at the University of Murcia Scientific Park on 29th November.

This project has demonstrated, through the design, construction and setting up of a complete recirculation pilot system, the technological possibility of re-using drainage in Euro-Mediterranean regions.

Fulgencio Contreras López (Head of the Office of Technology Transfer) participated with the presentation “IMIDA’s recent projects: LIFE-Aquemfree and LIFE- AgRemSO3il”.

Preliminary experiments with AgRemSO3il small prototype

On August 2018, soil decontamination tests began on a greenhouse located in IMIDA facilities, Murcia.

In this initial stage, several treatments were conducted in two different soils contaminated with pesticides in order to evaluate and define the optimal conditions for the remediation technologies involved in the project: ozonation and ozonation in combination with solarization.

The ozone was generated by a small-scale prototype designed and manufactured by NOVAGRIC.

The experiment will be carried out during the summer season (August-October). The project’s team will also assess the influence of these technologies on the nematode population and the soil microbiota. In addition, the efficiency of the small prototype design will be checked and this information will be used in the engineering and design of the big-scale prototype.