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SUSTRA-TEC

Developed innovative technological substrates with techno-soil characteristics

Description

DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL SUSTRATES WITH SELF-FERTILIZING CAPACITY AND ATMOSPHERIC CONTAMINANTS CAPTATION (SUSTRA-TEC) has developed innovative technological substrates with techno-soil characteristics, providing as a novel aspect the self-fertilizing capacity and the capture of atmospheric pollutants.
These techno-soils have been obtained by the valorization of sludge from wastewater treatment plants and other agro-food industry residues inoculated with encapsulated nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Thanks to encapsulation, these bacteria are released gradually, allowing the colonization of the substrate and an increment of microbial activity.

 

 

Objectives

  • Design and develop new innovative technological substrates
  • To valorize waste from urban and industrial water treatment plants, and agri-food waste.
  • Obtain new substrates with the capacity to sequestrate atmospheric pollutants and with self-fertilising capacity.
  • Implementation of new bacterial encapsulation technologies in the substrate sector.

Actions

  • Selection of raw materials for highest yield.
  • Development of new technological substrates.
  • Development and validation of an encapsulation methodology.
  • Agro-environmental analysis of substrates with bacteria.
  • Evaluation of self-fertilizing capacity.

Expected results

  • Produce different technological substrates with suitable characteristics for the crop.
  • Develop a methodology of encapsulation of edaphic bacteria and teste the stability in substrates with different edaphoclimatic conditions.
  • Prove that the growth of plants in greenhouses and in test plots is higher when technosoil with bacteria is added.

Partners:

Retos Colaboración programme

RTC-2016-5043-2

Total budget: 691.124,35 €
Contribution: 224.073,87 €
Duration: 2016-2019

Team

Silvia Gómez

Division of Agrifood and Processes

silgom@cartif.es

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