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 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 is engaged in many environmental researches and projects, concerning basically soil monitoring, soil protection against desertification, and soil (or other matrixes, such as sediments) reclamation, almost all based on the interactions among soil (or sediments), plants, micro- and macrofauna (earthworm Eisenia fetida). A great experience is also on the topic of soil quality conservation and restoration usually carry out through the addition of different sources of organic matter and different types of managements. These multipurpose researches well integrate with the needs to protect soil fertility, biodiversity, desertification, soil pollution mitigation, carbon sequestration in soil, in relation to climate changes 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 slightly contaminated sediment.
- STREP INDEX n. 505450 (2004-2007) – Indicators and Thresholds for Desertification, Soil Quality and Remediation. Page 5 of 113
- LIFE-ALMOND PROSOIL. 05 ENV/E/000288 (2006-2008). Soil protection in Mediterranean Areas through Cultivation of New Varieties of Almond Tree
- AGRIPORT-Agricultural Reuse of Polluted dredged Sediments No. ECO/08/239065/S12.532262
Azienda Pantanello ALSIA
The Farm Experimental Demonstration “Pantanello” is located in the heart of Metaponto, straddling the coast of Puglia and Basilicata, which is characterized by a highly advanced agriculture. The company located in the countryside of Bernalda close to the SS 106 Jonica, was purchased in 1963 by Ente Irrigation and subsequently sold to the Basilicata Region in 1983. Since 1999, is managed by the ALS Pantanello. The cultivated farmland is about 85 ha, with an e-Horticultural-Cereal fruit production. Within the area under a part is intended for experimental and demonstration purposes, the rest is mostly cultivated for production.
In the center stands a corporate conference room, which is a meeting point for the realization of several business conferences and seminars. At the company has deployed a unit of distribution, which includes 10 agricultural advisers and specialist advisers.
They are part of the business staff and technical workers fixed, as well as a number of seasonal workers. This organization allows you to carry out business activities predominantly experimental and production links with the world thanks to the action of disclosure. The collaboration with research institutions has allowed us to keep in close touch with the reality that scientific production, in order to provide the most appropriate responses to the needs of industry. Since the 80′s dissemination activities has been a key driving force and the action of Pantanello territory.
Over the years the organization has completed a disclosure with the inclusion of specific units for each production sector. This particular technical organization and production has contributed profoundly to bind the Company Pantanello with the territory in which it is located.
The model of integration between Luke and experimental Disclosure Companies, is a meeting between the structure and organization of various public and private entities operating in the area.
CSIC – CEBAS
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.
ABONOS ORGÁNICOS PEDRIN
ABONOS ORGÁNICOS PEDRIN is a Spanish company based in Murcia. The company manufactures and commercialises agrochemical products as solid organic manures and products used in the conventional and ecological agriculture. ABONOS ORGÁNICOS PEDRIN has increased their initial distribution network as consequence of its huge tradition and experience in the sector.
Nowadays, the company participates in the elaboration of amendments which are friendly-environmental in order to substitute other harmful products as methyl bromide (soils disinfectant). These activities show their preoccupation and obligation for environmental care.
Amek S.c.r.l. since 1989 promotes the development of scientific research and experimentation in the field of biotechnology, particularly enzymes for application in the field of agriculture, zootechny, recovery of biomass and waste and for the remediation of polluted sites.
Since May 2007, Amek S.c.rl. has been enlisted in Italian National List of Research Enterprises (Anagrafe nazionale delle ricerche).
Amek S.c.r.l. aims to contribute to the promotion and development of scientific research and experimentation in the field of biotechnology to promote their application to agriculture, zootechny, remediation of polluted sites and recovery of biomass and waste.
Starting with a holistic view of nature, AMEK embraces the philosophy of sustainable development: the technological and social progress depends compliance with the earth’s chemical-physical and biological equilibrium.
In full compliance with the directions given by European and national environmental legislation, AMEK Scrl studies the application of enzyme preparations to organic wastes treatment for agriculture purposes and polluted soils recover.
In promoting the conservation of agriculture and forestry, developing natural products, using sustainable techniques, the cooperative response to the current needs of saving water and the fight against desertification and soil depauperation.