GreenDigiPharma

Posted on December 5, 2023 at 12:04 pm 0 Comentarios

Green and digital continuous-flow pharmaceutical manufacturing (HORIZON-MSCA-2021-DN-01-101073089)

This project called «GreenDigiPharma» is funded by the EU and focuses on furans as pharmaceutical intermediates. Furfural, furfurylamine and furfurylamide are important intermediates in the production of various pharmaceuticals. The development of new catalytic methods and materials for the production of this class of intermediate compounds from lignocellulosic residues will have significant economic and environmental benefits. Lignocellulosic wastes are abundant and renewable resources that can be used as a source of valuable chemical products. The conversion of these materials into pharmaceutical intermediates using continuous flow chemistry is an important field of research that has attracted a great deal of interest in recent years. Flow chemistry is an important step towards sustainability and digitalization of pharmaceutical industry. Continuous flow processes enable the utilization of advanced technology and green chemistry, leading to faster, safer and more sustainable APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients) production. Under this context, the development of new active and selective catalysts is essential for the efficient conversion of these wastes into high-value products. The objectives of the project are aligned with current trends in green chemistry, which aims to develop sustainable processes that minimize waste generation and reduce environmental impact. Thus, this project aims to develop new catalytic materials for the conversion of lignocellulosic wastes into pharmaceutical intermediates with particular interest in the catalytic deactivation mechanism. This research has significant potential to contribute to the development of sustainable processes for the production of high value chemicals in industry.
Project mission
To transform pharmaceutical manufacturing with green and digital methods, creating eco-friendly drug production routes, and adopting innovative technologies. We will do this by collaborating with 7 universities, 1 research center, and several industry partners during our secondments

Objetivos generales

• To develop a new field of research combining green materials science from functionalized biomasses with other nanostructures and continuous flow heterogeneous catalysis to obtain pharmaceutical compounds through alternative environmentally friendly routes.
• Develop new active and selective catalysts for the conversion of lignocellulosic waste products (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) into high value-added pharmaceutical intermediates.
• To discover the main catalytic deactivation mechanisms for their minimization during the conversion of these compounds through the study of fundamental catalysis.
• Develop new protocols for the use of flow chemistry in combination with heterogeneous catalysis in REDOX reactions by optimizing reactors operating under continuous flow.
• To propose optimal conditions during the obtaining of specific pharmaceutical intermediates focused mainly on the process (physicochemical parameters) and the catalyst, to achieve maximum yields during the reaction.
• Establish processes for obtaining and purifying the main lignocellulosic waste products (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) from different sources capable of being coupled to industrial catalytic processes.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

University of Cordoba’s role in the project is the fractionation and upgrading of lignocellulosic biomass, as well as the transformation of biomass-derived chemicals into high value-added building blocks and scaffolds. The student selected for the execution of this project together with the research team will participate with expertise in biomass/waste valorization (including selective fractionation and transformation into platform molecules for further upgrading), heterogeneous catalysts and Green Chemistry.

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal: Alina M. BALU
Correo electrónico de contacto: qo2balua@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: https://www.greendigipharma.eu/

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SUSPHARMA

Posted on November 14, 2023 at 1:59 pm 0 Comentarios

MERGING SUSTAINABLE AND DIGITAL CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREENER-BY-DESIGN PHARMACOLOGICAL (HORIZON-HLTH-2021-IND-07-01-101057430)

The EU-funded SusPharma project plans to design safe- and sustainable-by-design chemicals for use in pharmaceuticals. Researchers will use renewable carbon as the building block of scaffolds and motifs for drug synthesis and clean synthetic methodologies for C–X bond formation. Focus will also be placed on developing new continuous purification methods and performing technoeconomic and life cycle assessment analyses to assess the impact of the proposed pharmaceutical production methods. Ultimately, researchers will develop autonomous flow platforms for drug molecule synthesis using photocatalytic and electrochemical methods.
To address the challenge of green and digital transition and proper supply of health technologies and products, SUSPHARMA will focus on research and innovation activities that aim at integrating five breakthrough concepts: CAT-to-PHARMA, WASTE-to-PHARMA, FLOW-to-PHARMA, PUR-to-PHARMA, and DIGITAL to PHARMA. This will deliver results that are directed to pharmaceutical industries, researchers, and innovators, prompting them to develop and produce greener pharmaceuticals that are either greener by design, intrinsically less harmful for the environment, or use greener and economically more sustainable manufacturing processes and technologies.

Objetivos generales

  • To develop greener routes to prepare halogenated drugs, such as therapeutics and diagnostics and repurposing of known drugs for new therapeutic indications.
  • Use of renewable (bio-based) carbon for the pharmaceutical building blocks of scaffolds and motifs for drug synthesis; KPI: ˃ 30% more than benchmark (85% yield).
  • Cleaner methodologies for C-X bond formation (that is, C-H functionalization to obtain C-C, C-F and C-I bond formation); KPI: new flow protocols, new reactions discovered, high productivity, high TOF.
  • Development of new benchtop continuous purification methods, to remove impurities and recycle synthetic solvents.
  • The project will thus derive benefits from interdisciplinary domains, involving recent advances in biomass conversion for drug synthesis; 3D printing of nanocatalysts, integration of digitalization methods employing automation and machine learning.
  • Breaking through new developments in heterogeneous catalysis by means of cutting-edge flow chemistry technologies (including synthesis and purification)
  • Repurposing of known medicines to reduce the impact of pharmaceutical production: digital and technological solutions will be applied to the production of new NSAID formulations for new therapeutic uses. KPI: at least two new co-crystals identified and produced on medium scale.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

The role of University of Córdoba in the project is fractionation and upgrading of lignocellulosic biomass as well as transformation of biomass-derived platform chemicals into high-added value building blocks and scaffold.

The research team will be involved in the first three tasks (leading the WP2) with expertise in biomass/waste valorization (including selective fractionation and transformation to platform molecules for further upgrading), heterogeneous catalysts and Green Chemistry.

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal: Alina M. BALU
Correo electrónico de contacto: alina.balu@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: https://www.suspharma.eu/

 

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BONEX

Posted on October 11, 2023 at 7:36 am 0 Comentarios

Boosting Nexus Framework Implementation in the Mediterranean (PRIMA-S1 NEXUS-2021-2141

BONEX es un proyecto que congrega 16 entidades (universidades, centros de investigación, pymes y una organización internacional) de 8 países (España, Portugal, Italia, Alemania, Líbano, Marruecos, Túnez y Jordania) que trabajan colaborativamente para avanzar hacia una gestión eficiente e integrada del nexo agua-energía-alimentación-ecosistema (WEFE, por sus siglas en inglés), de modo a generar simultáneamente beneficios económicos, sociales y medioambientales (incluida la reducción de gases de efecto invernadero) en la región mediterránea.

Objetivos generales

El proyecto BONEX tiene como objetivos generales:
• Desarrollar herramientas prácticas de diagnóstico para aplicación en el nexo agua-energía-alimentación-ecosistema;
• Evaluar soluciones innovadoras implementadas en 7 proyectos de demostración cuidadosamente seleccionados y abarcando una diversidad de contextos, retos y tecnologías de la Región Mediterránea (España, Portugal, Italia, Líbano, Marruecos, Túnez y Jordania);
• Generar conocimiento que permita mejorar las políticas y la gobernanza, así como facilitar la toma de decisiones en el nexo de modo a conseguir un equilibrio entre los impactos económicos, sociales y medioambientales.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

Coordinador científico y responsable por el diseño e implementación de métodos de análisis socioeconómico en todas las fases del proyecto:
• Paquete de trabajo 1: Conceptualización de un marco de análisis del nexo WEFE.
• Paquete de trabajo 2: Desarrollo de herramientas para el diagnóstico y evaluación del nexo WEFE.
• Paquete de trabajo 3: Desarrollo de proyectos de demostración y recolección de datos a partir de su implementación. Testeo del marco de análisis del nexo WEFE.
• Paquete de trabajo 4: Diseño y aplicación de la estrategia de comunicación y difusión, ampliación y explotación de los resultados del proyecto BONEX.
• Paquete de trabajo 5: Gestión y coordinación del proyecto

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal: Julio Berbel Vecino
Correo electrónico de contacto: berbel@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: https://bonex-prima.eu

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BESTROPS

Posted on October 5, 2023 at 1:21 pm 0 Comentarios

Biodiversity and ecosystem services variability across the El Niño gradient in the Peruvian and Brazilian forests. (EULAC-2022-124, PCI2023-143415) “Proyecto con referencia PCI2023-143415, financiado por MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea»

The main goal of the project BRESTROPS is to investigate the changes in biodiversity and ecosystem services, promote a fair distribution of resources, and preserve the Natural Capital in rural communities of tropical forests. Combining experimental and modelling approaches, it will study plant and soil biodiversity and ecosystem services across an elevation and climate gradient in the main area of largest impact of ENSO (Dryland coast, the Andes mountains, and the Amazonian rainforest). The main outcome of BESTROPS is to provide new open knowledge on the cultural and social dimension of tropical ecosystems, and insight in policy making without risking the natural capital under the forecasted climate change scenarios.

Objetivos generales

  • To analyze plant biodiversity (taxonomic and functional) across a climate and elevation gradient in agroforest areas (WP 2).
  • To generate a database of soil biodiversity in agroforestry systems as indicators of soil functioning (WP 3).
  • To study the potential impacts of climate change, specifically ENSO, under IPCC projected RCP (representative concentration pathways) scenarios on species distribution & biodiversity (WP 4).
  • To evaluate, the supply and demand of ES in the present and future scenarios and its relationship with plant and soil biodiversity. Assessing the ES trade-offs and identify best-practices and policies for landscape management (WP 5).
  • Strengthen the participation of local actors in consultative or deliberative spaces to access and use of biodiversity and ES information and knowledge (WP 6).

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

Project coordination and management (WP1)

  • General administrative and financial management
  • Scientific management and monitoring
  • Design and Implementation of Mid-­term / Final assessment Meetings
  • Deliverable tracking, reporting and publication

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal: José Luis Quero Pérez
Correo electrónico de contacto: b62qupej@uco.es; b52zasap@uco.es
Página web del proyecto:
https://www.eucelac-platform.eu/project/biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services-variability-across-el-nino-gradient-peruvian-and

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MASTER

Posted on September 25, 2023 at 8:52 am 0 Comentarios

Mastering Electrode Surface to Achieve Ultra-High Reversible Capacity (M-ERA-Net-2022-PCI2023-143355) “Proyecto con referencia PCI2023-143355, financiado por MCIN/AEI/10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea»

The MASTER aims to advance a new concept for the surface design of electrode materials to achieve reversible capacities that approach the theoretical ones. The proof-of-concept will be validated by the construction of a full Na-ion battery. This battery is targeting to reach the EGD’s goals for introducing of affordable large-scale energy storage technology.  The most innovative output is the MASTER database, by which the lead candidates as electrodes will be selected. The consortium comprises multidisciplinary teams from Bulgaria, Spain and Turkey and it covers the full value chain from TRL2 to TRL4.

Objetivos generales

The specific objectives are:
(i) to understand the reactions at the electrode surfaces that currently prevent achieving the theoretical capacity;
(ii) to exploit this knowledge to facilitate the elaboration of high-performance electrodes;
(iii) to integrate the surface-modified electrodes into a full Na-ion battery;
(iv) to maximise the impact of the project beyond the Na-ion batteries.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

Role in the project:
UCO will take the lead for WPs on Surface Engineering (WP2) and Electrochemical Properties (WP3) and contribute to WP2-7, as follows:
– Synthesis of electrode materials by soft-chemistry reactions.
– Surface modification of electrode materials with conductive polymers and electrochemically inactive oxides.
– Structural and spectroscopic characterization of the obtained materials.
– Electrochemical study in sodium test and sodium ion cells.
– Theoretical calculations
– Dissemination and communications.

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal (UCO): José L. Tirado
Correo electrónico de contacto: iq1ticoj@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: under construction

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Life CO2RK

Posted on September 19, 2023 at 9:14 am 0 Comentarios

Slow growing forests management for Climate Change Mitigation (LIFE-2022-SAP-CLIMA-101114049)

The establishment of emission trading systems has promoted ambitious GHG reductions by creating economic incentives to reduce CO2 emissions from many activities. Outside this control system are the diffuse sectors, less intensive in energy use (residential, transport, waste, agriculture, fluorinated gases and other industries) but responsible for around 40% of EU GHG emissions.

Regulation (EU) 2018/842 of the European Parliament and of the Council, shows the interest of the EU in promoting the reduction of emissions from these sectors. To do this, it is necessary to develop regulatory and operational frameworks at the National or Regional level that channel the compensation interest of these sectors towards actions capable of sequestering additional Carbon to that fixed by the natural environment. LIFE CO2RK develops a battery of integrated actions in 3 Member States, at national and regional level, with different starting points in terms of political, legal and operational maturity. The goal is to complete the design and development of legal, administrative, financial and technical tools that allow the certification and registration of the carbon sequestered by forest management practices, enable its exchange in Compensation and channel investments from diffuse sectors in exchange for offset carbon. This private financial flow that can be essential for sustaining the Phagaceae forests in the EU, which due to their slow growth are not being used in CO2 capture policies, despite that scientific evidence ensures that the complex ecosystems they generate have a high capacity for CO2 fixation. The project will be developed in cork oak (Quercus suber L.) forests and replicated in beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) forests, whose products do not emit CO2 but fixes it for a long useful life (cork in industries, wood in construction). The results can be extrapolated to a family with a large distribution throughout the EU, in complementary habitats in the Natura2000 Net, with a great impact in biodiversity and socio-economy.

Objetivos generales

  • Promote voluntary offsetting of emissions and its application to finance actions to recover high-value natural areas.
  • Test a regulatory and operational model at regional level and promote its transfer at EU level.
  • Develop and disseminate carbon forestry applied to slow-growing species, which will contribute to climate change mitigation.
  • Promote the adaptation of natural areas to climate change
  • Promoting the consumption of goods whose production increases the carbon sequestration of European ecosystems.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

• Carry out an analysis and diagnosis of the carbon flow measurement systems and silvicultural itineraries of the cork oak forest.
• Modelling carbon fluxes in biomass and soil associated with cork oak silviculture.
• Quantify and monitor the carbon fluxes associated with the implementation of emission compensation projects in cork oak forests.

Datos de contacto

Investigador Principal: Guillermo Palacios Rodríguez

Correo electrónico de contacto: gpalacios@uco.es

Página web del proyecto: en construcción

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BEXYL

Posted on September 19, 2023 at 8:07 am 0 Comentarios

Beyond Xylella, Integrated Management Strategies for Mitigating Xylella fastidiosa impact in Europe (HORIZON-CL6-2021-FARM2FORK-01-04-101060593)

BeXyl is an EU-funded research project aiming to secure and exploit the research outcomes achieved by advancing and transferring into practice the most promising prevention and containment strategies. BeXyl means “Beyond Xylella”. That suggests the time is ripe to move away from emergency mode to more sophisticated management strategies against Xylella fastidiosa current outbreaks and prevent new introductions in Europe.

Objetivos generales

BeXyl stands for ‘Beyond Xylella’ and means integrating different scientific approaches to propose and test practical solutions to manage Xylella fastidiosa outbreaks in the EU

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

Co-Leader of Work Package 5. Active participation in the use of entomopathogenic fungi to manage Xylella fastidiosa vector populations and/or to alter Xylella fastidiosa transmission though entomopathogenic fungi direct infection or via endophytic colonization of the host plants.

Datos de contacto

Investigador Principal: Enrique Quesada Moraga
Correo electrónico de contacto: equesada@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: https://bexylproject.org/about-bexyl-project/

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CODECS

Posted on July 28, 2023 at 10:08 am 0 Comentarios

Maximising the CO-benefits of agricultural Digitalisation through conducive digital ECoSystems (HORIZON-CL6-2021-GOVERNANCE-01-22-101060179)

CODECS is a four-year Horizon Europe project that gathers 33 partners all around Europe and which is coordinated by the University of Pisa. The project aims to improve the motivation and the capacity of European farmers to understand and adopt digitalisation as an enabler of sustainable and transformative change.

CODECS will develop, and turn into concepts, methods, tools, evidence, a vision of “sustainable digitalisation” with the goal of improving the collective capacity to understand, assess and foresee the full range of benefits and costs of farm digitalisation, and to build digital ecosystems that maximise the net benefits of digitalisation.

CODECS has established a network of 21 Living Labs, comprised of farmers, knowledge intermediaries, stakeholders, and policymakers, to address emerging agricultural challenges. These Living Labs will take a system-level approach to analyse farms and evaluate the impact of digital technologies on economic, social, and environmental outcomes. By examining the synergies and trade-offs between these different factors, the Living Labs will provide valuable insights to inform policymaking and support sustainable farming practices.

Objetivos generales

The Consortium will work in an integrated manner to achieve the following objectives:

  • Mainstreaming the concept of “sustainable digitalisation” in the European AKIS and in the wider policy environments.
  • Building the conceptual “system-approach / actor-centred” base for “sustainable digitalisation” of agriculture and a layered cost-benefit assessment framework.
  • Analysing, and understanding the implications, of the role of different contexts in the generation of costs and benefits of digitalisation through the analysis of “digital ecosystems”.
  • Providing data on the costs and benefits of digitalisation in a variety of European farming contexts, by setting up and carrying out user-friendly assessment methodologies.
  • Setting up demonstrations to scale digital technologies adoption.
  • Developing evidence-based and future-proof policy tools for a sustainable digitalisation.

Raising awareness and facilitating the uptake of digital technologies for sustainable development through the development of a platform and assessment tools.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

UCO team is responsible for the analysis of policy environments for digitalisation in agriculture across Europe.

Datos de contacto:

Investigador Principal: M Mar Delgado Serrano
Correo electrónico de contacto: mmdelgado@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: https://www.horizoncodecs.eu/

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LIFE FAGESOS

Posted on June 19, 2023 at 12:43 pm 0 Comentarios

Phytophthora-induced decline of fagaceae ecosystems in Southern Europe exacerbated by climate change: preserving ecosystem services through improved integrated pest management. (101074466 – LIFE21-CCA-IT5-LIFE FAGESOS)

Plant health and forest decline are nowadays becoming a challenge for conservation of agroforestry systems. To ensure the preservation of these ecosystems it is necessary to improve tools and strategies enhancing their adaptation to the outbreak of Alien Invasive Plant Pathogens caused by climatic change.

Phytophthora diseases are increasing their impact and distribution range in evergreen oak and chestnut ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin, boosted by temperature increase and higher frequency of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought. Scarce public awareness of the problem, severe human impact on forest areas and the new EU regulation on fertilizers, that limits the use of K-phosphonate, the most efficient and ecofriendly molecule to mitigate disease impact, further increase the risk of epidemic spread of these diseases. Challenged Forest Ecosystems need improved tools & strategies to enhance their adaptation to the outlined issue, finally ensuring their preservation as important natural carbon sinks.

Indeed, FAGESOS will introduce tools to contrast diseases and enhance forests’ resilience, by:
• The delivery of regional maps for risk- and impact assessment of Phytophthora diseases in the Mediterranean basin in diverse current and predicted climatic scenarios, as a tool for policy makers and forest managers
• The development, validation, implementation and dissemination of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) protocols, tailored to the specific target ecosystem, including a strictly scheduled use of new biomolecules and microorganisms with proven efficacy. Treatment protocols will be complemented by hygiene measures to prevent disease-spread
• The delivery of fully accessible monitoring protocols, based on validated, innovative models & technologies
• Intense communication, dissemination and capacity building activities, targeting different stakeholders to raise awareness and induce adaption of behaviour The project will be implemented in Italy, Spain and Portugal through a multi-actor approach.

OBJETIVOS GENERALES

LIFE FAGESOS aims to address and remediate the outbreak of Alien Invasive Plant Pathogens, adversely impacting natural and semi-natural Mediterranean Fagaceae forest ecosystems, through the elaboration and implementation of Integrated Pest Management protocols and the use of advanced tools for forecasting and monitoring of these outbreaks.

PAPEL DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE CÓRDOBA

The University of Cordoba has a budget of 800,000 €, and its main activities focus on the development of risk, impact and habitat prediction models for pathogen distribution and disease symptoms, and the monitoring of IPM effects on treated areas. To this end, it leads two of the 7 project work packages, being responsible for various activities in the rest of the packages, with special relevance in the development of IPM protocols, the implementation of treatments, and the establishment of control and hygiene measures.
In addition, the University of Cordoba coordinates the activity of the rest of the Spanish partners and collaborators, with the participation of three more associated entities, and the presence of numerous stakeholders and collaborating organisations. The University of Cordoba is responsible for the training and education section foreseen among the dissemination activities of the project. The UCO team includes researchers from three departments, Forest Engineering Department, Botany, Ecology and Plant Physiology Department, and Engineering Graphics and Geomatics, with the participation of 8 researchers and 6 technical specialists hired for the different activities.

LISTA DE SOCIOS Y PARTICIPANTES DEL PROYECTO

  • LA ALMORAIMA SA SME (Spain)
  • UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA  (Spain)
  • AGROTECNOLOGIAS NATURALES SOCIEDAD LIMITADA (Spain)
  • CENTRO DE INVESTIGACIONES APLICADAS AL DESARROLLO AGROFORESTAL SL (Spain)
  • ENTE PARCO NATURALE REGIONALE DEI MONTI AUSONI E LAGO DI FONDI (Italy)
  • REGIONE LAZIO (Italy)
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA (Italy)
  • COMUNE DI CANEPINA (Italy)
  • UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SASSARI (Italy)
  • COMUNE DI VALLERANO (Italy)
  • SOCIETA AGRICOLA MONTE ARCOSU (Italy)
  • UNIVERSIDADE DE TRAS-OS-MONTES E ALTO DOURO (Portugal)

RESULTADOS OBTENIDOS

  • Environmental and ecophysiological characterization of the intensive monitoring plots, where the treatments will be assessed, has been carried out.
  • Through various mesocosm experiments, the most suitable natural products for designing integrated management protocols for the three considered species have been identified.
  • Distribution and risk models for P. cinnamomi in the Mediterranean have been published and are available for consultation on the FAGESOS GIS platform.

RESULTADOS ESPERADOS

  • 3 IPM-protocols developed, implemented and disseminated, one for each target Fagaceae ecosystem that enhance forests’ resilience against Phytophthora-induced decline exacerbated by climate change
  • Efficacy of at least 3 new environmentally harmless biostimulants (molecules and microorganisms) tested and validated in alternative or combination with K-phosphonate, to contrast the impact of cinnamomi
  • Mapping of cinnamomi driven diseases improved by providing novel protocols that integrate multispectral remote sensing approach and stochastic and machine learning models to: i) map active foci and ii) rank still uninvaded neighbouring areas for risk of invasion by P. cinnamomi.
  • At the end of project: 100% of project areas, corresponding to 18,119 ha, monitored; 110,000 ha of surrounding ecosystems ranked for disease dispersal risk; and 100% of the Mediterranean Fagaceae habitat mapped for disease impact, presence and potential habitat suitability for cinnamomi (93,850 km2).
  • Efficacy/efficiency of drone treatments with K-phosphonate of chestnut forests/groves (Italy and Portugal) tested and validated. At the end of the project, we expect to release a routine protocol, and to have treated and protected up to 50 + 50 ha in pilot areas of Portugal and Italy.
  • Progression of cinnamomi driven dieback and mortality of Fagaceae forests/groves in the Mediterranean basin stopped by large scale application of improved and legally allowed IPM protocols. By the end of the project we expect to treat up to 1,070 ha (7 demonstrative sites) and to protect up to 18,119 ha of vulnerable areas in total
  • Inoculum in the surface soil (20cm) of treated areas reduced by 80%
  • On average 40% recovery of symptomatic trees obtained and 100% protection of treated non-symptomatic trees.
  • Awareness raised among 100% of forest workers, farmers and agronomists, regularly present in project areas and at least 60% of them engaged in capacity building workshops (1,220 participants)
  • Awareness raised among 50% of inhabitants of territories object of project actions through offline communication activities (42,239 citizens)
  • Awareness raised among citizens in the broader project regions through online communication activities (1,373,323 citizens)

REDES SOCIALES DEL PROYECTO

CONTACTO UCO

Investigador Principal: Rafael Mª Navarro Cerrillo
Correo electrónico de contacto: Francisco José Ruiz Gómez, g72rugof@uco.es
Página web del proyecto: En construcción

CONTACTO DEL COORDINADOR

Comune di Monte San Biagio

Via Roma 1, 04020, Monte San Biagio (Italy)

Contact e-mail: Gioia Pernarella (gioiaesu@gmail.com)

Webpage: https://www.comunedimontesanbiagio.it/

 

 

LIFE FAGESOS is co-funded by the LIFE Programme, the European Union’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action, under grant agreement no. 101074466. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor CINEA can be held responsible for them.

 

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iMPACt-erosion

Posted on April 21, 2023 at 1:03 pm 0 Comentarios

Robust and accessible modelling for an effective management of agricultural soil erosion in Europe (HE-MSCA-2021-PF-EF-101062258)

Soil erosion modelling can help define efficient and targeted mitigation strategies by identifying the long-term controlling factors and the areas where, and periods during which, soil is at high risk of erosion. However, to define such strategies, there remains a lack of modelling approaches a) able to provide with longer term baseline information which to measure the success or otherwise of mitigation strategies at the catchment scale and b) accessible and robust enough to be used, understood, and trusted by users with more or less expertise, including researchers, land managers and policy makers. In response, this project will improve the robustness and accessibility of quantitative methods for supporting agricultural land management. For this purpose, we will develop a parsimonious soil erosion model, iMPACt-erosion, to support agricultural land management in Europe at the catchment scale. The development philosophy will be based on three principles: robustness, transparency, and accessibility. For a robust model evaluation, model simulations will be compared to multi-decadal soil loss estimations estimated from fallout radionuclides and tree mound measurements. The model and its code will be easy to read and understand by users with more or less expertise. The model accessibility will be achieved by using interactive Jupyter Notebooks (jupyter.org), a modelling environment that combines executable code, rich media and interactive visualization of data and model results. This translates into a more fluent conversation between the user and the model and an easier exploration of the model results and the impact of possible agricultural management scenarios.

Objetivos generales

  1. to develop an accessible and transparent soil erosion model, iMPACt-erosion, to support agricultural land management in Europe at the catchment scale.
  2. to achieve greater confidence in the iMPACt-erosion model predictions by evaluating its performance both in terms of model behaviour, i.e. whether the ‘right’ parameters control the model response, and in simulating observed past changes and their corresponding measured/estimated erosion impacts over time scales that encompass at least several decades.
  3. to identify soil erosion controlling processes and vulnerable areas and periods to define targeted and effective mitigation strategies until 2100.

Papel de la Universidad de Córdoba

University of Cordoba is involved in all the of the project, leading work packages 1, 2 and 4:

WP 1. Management and Training + Knowledge transfer

WP 2. Model development

WP 3. Model evaluation

WP 4. Future scenarios simulation.

WP 5. Dissemination, communication and exploitation

Datos de contacto:

Supervisor: Tom Vanwalleghem    email: ag2vavat@uco.es

Investigador principal: Andres Peñuela Fernandez    email: apenuela@uco.es

Página web del proyecto: under construction

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