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ARIDWASTE
 

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Development of specific agricultural practices with the use of recycled wastes suitable for intensively cultivated Mediterranean areas under degradation risk.
   

Project participants

Coordinator:

Dr.Victor Kavvadias, Soil Science Institute of Athens, Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, GREECE

E-mail: vkavvadias.kal@nagref.gr 

Partners:  

Dr. David Cohen, MIGAL, Galilee Technology Center, ISRAEL, e-mail: davidc@migal.org.il

Dr. Federico Tinivella, Centro di Sperimentazione e Assistenza Agricola (CERSAA), ITALY,  e-mail: federico.tinivella@alice.it

Dr. José Luis Moreno Ortego, Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científiicas, (CEBAS-CSIC), SPAIN, e-mail: jlmoreno@cebas.csic.es

Objectives

The overall objective of the ARIDWASTE project is to research, advance and finally develop alternative low cost and environment friendly agricultural practices across Med basin with the use of treated agricultural wastes (AW) by recycling nutrients and water from treated agricultural wastes taking also advantage of the beneficial, unique properties of natural zeolites.  ARIDWASTE strategic impacts  also focus to the reduction in crop management running costs, strengthening the linkage between agriculture management sector and marketing sector promoting competiveness of Mediterranean agricultural products and profits while contributing to the protection of health, the improvement of the quality of life, environmental sustainability and food safety mainly at the wastes disposal areas.

Workplan

For this,  ARIDWASTE includes specific tools and  carefully designed actions to guarantee the sustainable use of the treated AW in agriculture and to protect and improve serious degraded cultivated soils in the Mediterranean area such as: comprehensive critical review of AW management strategies; quality tests of treated wastes in terms of their physicochemical properties, soil quality parameters, phytotoxicity and plant response; field tests in selected areas, consisting of a representative farming community in different agro ecological zones; quantitative and qualitative impact analysis of AW application; development of an integrated scenario for the sustainable use of the treated wastes in extensive crop production providing site-specific diagnoses up to  recommendations available for end-users, agribusiness sector and policy makers in order to select as appropriate to their local condition. Testing areas allow joint team efforts in assembling information for knowledge gaps, testing and refining methods and technologies, and interaction with ultimate beneficiaries of project activities. The coherent proposal unites top-level interdisciplinary scientific knowledge, expertise and know how while the participants via an active cooperative role with stakeholders lead to consumer demand dissemination of the results and subsequently to the rapid take up of the  ARIDWASTE innovative outcomes..

 Keywords (max. 5): Application practices, Recycled wastes, Degradation, Soil quality, Sustainability

 

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