Meet the Partners

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ISE-CNR (Coordinating beneficiary)

The Research Group of ISE-CNR belongs to the Institute for Ecosystem Studies (ISE), of the National Research Council (CNR) of Italy. The CNR-ISE’s Group conducts investigations related to the chemistry, biochemistry and physics of soil quality with the aim of defining relationships between agriculture and environment. The group has a thorough expertise in many soil and environmental topics. Recently, the group has engaged in many environmental researches and projects, concerning soil monitoring, soil protection against desertification, and soil (or other matrixes, such as sediments) reclamation. Most of these activities were based on the interactions among soil (or sediments), plants, micro- and macro-fauna (earthworm Eisenia fetida). The group has also great experience in the topic of conservation  of soil quality and soil restoration which is usually achieved through the addition of different types of organic matter and different management techniques. These multipurpose researches respond to  the need to protect soil fertility and biodiversity, prevent desertification, mitigate soil pollution and restore the carbon sequestration function of soil in relation to climate change and water scarcity. In the last years, three European projects were developed on the theme of soil desertification and soil recovery, and the reclamation of contaminated sediment. 1) STREP INDEX n. 505450 (2004-2007) – Indicators and Thresholds for Desertification, Soil Quality and Remediation. 2) LIFE-ALMOND PROSOIL. 05 ENV/E/000288 (2006-2008). Soil protection in Mediterranean Areas through Cultivation of New Varieties of Almond Tree 3) AGRIPORT-Agricultural Reuse of Polluted dredged Sediments No. CO/08/239065/S12.532262 4) LIFE+ BIOREM – 11 ENV/IT/113 – Innovative System for the Biochemical Restoration and Monitoring of Degraded Soils

CEBAS-CSIC (Associated beneficiary)

CSIC: The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation through the Secretary of State for Research, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. Its research is driven by its centres and institutes, which are spread across all the autonomous regions, and its more than 12,000 staff, of whom more than 3,000 are staff researchers and the same number again are doctors and scientists who are still training. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. It also manages a range of important facilities; the most complete and extensive network of specialist libraries, and also has joint research units. CEBAS (Centro de Edafología y Biología Aplicada del Segura) is a CSIC´s institute located in Murcia (South East Spain), 50 Km from Mediterranean coast, under semiarid climatic conditions. Created in 1958, with the aim of promoting research in the fields of Agriculture Science, Natural Resource and Environmental Science. Actually, the CEBAS is arranged in five department: Nutrition and plant physiology / Plant breeding and phatology / Food science and technology / Soils and Water Conservation and Organic Refuse Management. Staff: Today, there are 212 persons working at the Centre, among them 51 are scientists, 28 postdocs, 66 postgraduate students, 42 technicians and 25 administrative.

UNIPI (Associated beneficiary)

The Department of Civil Engineering of the Pisa University carries out research, development and demonstration activities in a variety of fields. Its approach to civil engineering is aimed at effectively facing all problems and issues related to human settlements and infrastructure, ranging from Architecture and Hydraulics to Topography and Photogrammetry. DICI has been promoting, hosting and carrying out activities funded by Pisa University, the Italian Ministry for University and Research, the European Union as well as other national and international public bodies. Its main fields of activity include: -Construction of roads, railways and airports -Hydraulic constructions -Geotechnics -Health, hygiene and environment in engineering -Transport planning and management -Architectural design and construction -Topography and photogrammetry -Urban planning DICI hosts a variety of laboratories, which are used for applications in many fields like measurements, materials testing, soil probing and so on. The main laboratories are: -Road construction -Transport systems analysis -Scientific and topographic applications for operational surveys -Building information modeling -Geophysics for environmental and cultural heritage -River hydraulics -Sea hydraulics -Territorial and environmental engineering -Geotechnics -Construction materials

IBIMET (Associated Beneficiary)

The Institute of Biometeorology was founded in 2000, within the reorganization of the National Research Council, by the fusion of three research bodies with more than 20 years of activity inside the CNR: the Institute of Environmental Analysis and Remote Sensing applied in Agriculture (IATA) of Florence, the Institute for Agro-ecosystems Monitoring (IMAES) of Sassari and the Institute of Eco-physiology (ISTEA) of Bologna. IBIMET operates in the fields of a) earth observation and analysis at different scales, from the leaf to the region and to the globe: global, mesoscale and regional models for climate characterization and forecasting are developed and calibrated to understand the effects of the climate and interactions with biosphere on agricultural performance in terms of quantity and quality; b) critical interactions between meteorological / climatic factors and vegetation (managed and unmanaged ecosystems) at the micrometeorological scale, by investigating physiological mechanisms of responses to stress, and adaptation; c) rural development addressed towards the reduction of human pressure on land and resources, studying how appropriate land use may retrieve local vocationality and typical products, and knowledge, also linked to non-food crops cultivation and industry. Projects funded on ornamental field: IDRI (2003-2004) “Optimization of fertigation practices in floricultural and ornamental crops”, supported by Tuscany Region, ECOIDRIFLOR (2007-2009) “Eco-efficiency of fertigation management in floricultural and ornamental crops”, supported by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, SWIFF – IT (2009-2011) “Wireless system for the control of main greenhouse practices in floricultural field”, supported by the Italian Ministry of Agriculture GARANTES (2011-2013)“ Advanced management and remote control of green areas: new techniques for the sustainability” supported by Tuscany Region.

NAVICELLI (Associated beneficiary)

Navicelli S.p.A. is a publicly owned company appointed by Municipality of Pisa to the management of the port of Pisa, the Naviceli canal and all inland waters in general. The company was created on December 28th, 2000. NAVI carries out on a regular basis activities involving the management and control of land and buildings. It is also in charge of the dredging, maintenance (including disposal of underwater dangerous materials) and excavation of the Naviecelli canal, the dredging and excavation of tiverbeds, the removal of underwater materials, the excavation of seabeds, and other crucial activities. The statutory mission of SpA Navicelli is to manage the Pisa hand, the canal of Navicelli and more generally all the areas owned by the State, on behalf of the town council of Pisa. The area of Navicelli, allthough in rapid development, forces the communities to aknoledge the need for new services for the development of the productive sector of the area and the possible interactions between the new activities and the pre-existing  ones in the territory. In order to enhance the services for the locals, a center is being built within the Navicelli’s premises. This center will be ready by the end of  2008 and will represent  a further tool for the development of the area. In order to address the service center activities, SpA Navicelli has hired a group of experts who are investigating the most innovative services to develop. Spa Navicelli’s main activity though is the maintenance of the canal efficiency and use. In particular, it is of fundamental importance the dredging of the canal and the clearing of the sea passage for the boats.

UNIFI (Associated beneficiary)

The Deparment of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences is a state-of-the-art R&D unit. Its equipment includes: – Elemental Analyser (CHNS) for the identification of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and sulfur on organic and inorganic matrixes – Thermo Electron Iris Intrepid II plasma spectrometre (ICP) for macro and microelements. – High Performance Liquid Cromatography (HPLC) for the separation, identification and quantification of organic molecules – In vitro airrtight cultivation – Multispectral Radiometer (Crop Scanner) for the evaluation of biomass, Leaf Area Index, etc. – Infra Red Gas Analyser (CIRAS II) and Scholander pressure chamber for hydric stree – Microwave Accelerated Reaction System. It has taken part in the following EU projects: 1. SNOWMAN-ERANET, anno 2008(cod. 01/20). Titolo: SUMATECS – SUstainable Management of Trace Element Contaminated Soils-Development of a decision tool system and its evaluation for practical application. 2. GREENLAND Gentle remediation of trace element contaminated land (FP7-KBBE-4-266124).

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