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Título Proyecto: Carbon Farming Geolocation Support by Establishing a Spatial Soil Database Management System
Descripción: LIFE GEOCARBON is a preparatory project aims to contribute to the implementation of a neutral carbon balance farm-level system. The goal of the GEOCARBON project is to address the absence of farming-level knowledge systems by supplementing current earth-based data with a structured, harmonized geospatial framework system that is ready to be utilized as input to the Carbon Farming Calculation Tool. A future carbon-related project will complete the Carbon Farming Calculation Tool. Nonetheless, the GEOCARBON project's geospatial framework system will be a crucial step toward exact carbon computation at the farm level, using IT-based decision support tools as part of a climate change mitigation strategy.
The GEOCARBON project's main outcome, on the other hand, will be a demonstration high-resolution geospatial information system that will collect crucial data (e.g., climate, landscape elements, management practices, etc.). This information will be used to assess the potential for farm-level climate change mitigation, as well as to develop and implement targeted Carbon Farming plans. The GEOCARBON project will geo-locate a representative sample of area farms (at the agricultural parcel level) and provide quantitative and qualitative statistics on earth-based data pertinent to agriculture.
Referencia del proyecto según financiador: LIFE20 PRE/EL/018
Financiación total: 471.211€
Duración: 01/11/21 - 31/03/23
Investigadores Participantes CEBAS: MARGARITA ROS

Título Proyecto: Valorization of Mediterranean small-scale FARMs by cropping wild UnExploited species
Descripción: Small-scale farms are the backbone of the Mediterranean farming sector, whereas agriculture advances are targeted to large farms; however, the average land farm shrinks and the ongoing climate change makes farming prohibitive, especially for small-scale farms.
Mediterranean agriculture is relatively more intensive in terms of per ha labor and output, but undermined by strong land fragmentation, making farms too small to be viable due to high production cost. The result is land abandonment and rural population ageing, since farming sector is unattractive to young farmers. Although efforts have been made to reallocate small farms and increase average farm size, several factors have hampered the progress.
Agriculture intensification and mono-crop cultural approach has caused soil degradation and organic matter loss, with high impact on small-scale farms viability. Besides, conventional crops cannot feed the growing population and alternative/complementary food sources such as wild edible plants (WEPs) could be an important addition to human diet. Mediterranean agro-ecosystems host a rich patrimony of WEPs that have always been an important food source, while they are able to grow under arduous conditions and low input regimes. The main goal of VALUEFARM is to exploit selected WEPs of the Mediterranean basin as alternative crops, focusing on small-scale farms through the production of high added value products. Innovative farming systems will be designed based on traditional cultivation knowledge to allow the shift from mono-crop approach to sustainable and diversified cultivation systems, as well as to soil improvement. Physical and living lab platforms will be key elements for transferring the proposed farming systems to the related stakeholders.
Referencia del proyecto según financiador: PCI2020-112091
Financiación total: 1.261.435,4€
Duración: 01/09/20 - 31/08/23
Participantes: CEBAS-CSIC, University of Thessaly (UTH), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB),Cyprus University of Technology
Investigadores Participantes CEBAS: IP: MARIA DELMAR ALGUACIL GARCIA, José Antonio Pascual Valero, Margarita Ros Muñoz

Modeling and mapping soil biodiversity patterns and functions across Europe (MINOTAUR)
Descripción: To fully comprehend the role of soil biodiversity and its ecosystem functions in the context of climate change, sustainable development, and nature conservation, we must invest in understanding what lives belowground (Scow et al. 2020). In this framework, the MINOTAUR project aims to identify and select relevant taxonomical and functional indicators for soil biodiversity and associated agricultural soil functions, document their status and trends in time and space across Europe, and assess their vulnerability to climate change and sensitivity for management practices applied to respond to such climate change. The collaboration with EU and international soil biodiversity networks and programs (es. LUCAS, EUdaphobase, Soil BON) is being established to harmonize the integration of biodiversity data across spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales. The ultimate objective is to deliver a valuable information on the state and trends of soil biodiversity and functions to support current policy-making and help reshape it to bring soils and their biodiversity to the center stage of global sustainability thinking.
Referencia del proyecto según financiador: EJP Soil H2020 MINOTAUR
Financiación total: 296.351€
Duración: 01/12/21 - 30/11/24
Participantes: CEBAS, IIAG, INIA
Investigadores Participantes CEBAS: I.P: Felipe Bastida López, José Luis Moreno

Dynamics of the organic matter and the microbial community related to its cycling in arid areas. Involvement of amendments based on organic wastes (DYNOMIWAS).
Referencia FP7-PEOPLE-RG-2009
Financiación: 45000 EUROS
Duración: 01/09/2010 HASTA 31/08/2012
Institución participantes: CEBAS
Número de Investigadores Participantes: 2 (Felipe Bastida, Carlos García)

Sustainable strategies for integrated management of agroindustrial fruit and vegetable. AGROWASTE
Entidad financiadora: PROYECTOS LIFE+
Referencia: LIFE10 ENV/ES/469
Financiación: 730.000 EUROS
Duración: 1/01/2012 HASTA 31/12/2014
Institución participantes: CEBAS/CTC/AGRUPAL
Número de investigadores participantes: 3

Fertiplus - reducing mineral fertilisers and chemicals use in agriculture by recycling treated organic waste as compost and bio-char products.
Entidad Financiadora: UE
Financiación: 350.000€
Duración: 4 años, noviembre 2011 - octubre 2015.
Tipo de convocatoria: EUROPEA, proyecto KBBE 7º Programa Marco.
Número de Investigadores Participantes: M.A. Sánchez Monedero, A Roig, M.L. Cayuela (equipo español)

Best practices for Agricultural Wastes (AW) treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean countries (WASTEREUSE)
Entidad  Financiadora:  UE
Referencia: LIFE10 ENV/GR/594 WASTEREUSE
Financiación: 679.399 EUROS
Duración: 1 SEPTIEMBRE 2011- 31 AGOSTO 2015
Tipo de convocatoria: Proyectos LIFE
Número de investigadores participantes:

Demonstration of zero waste cycle by the complete VALorization of residues from refining of Used Vegetable OILs (VALUVOIL)
Entidad financiadora: UE (LIFE)
Referencia: LIFE ENV/ES/00045 (VALUVOIL)
Financiación: 520.731EUROS
Duración: Comienza 1 Septiembre 2010, Termina 28 Febrero 2013
Tipo de Convocatoria: LIFE
Número de investigadores participantes: 11

Development of specific agricultural practices with the use of recycled wastes suitable for intensively cultivated mediterranean areas under degradation risk. Aridwaste
Entidad Financiadora: INIA (PROGRAMA ARIMNET)
Duración desde: 1 Julio 2012,                    hasta: 31 Mayo 2015
Presupuesto: 70.000€
Puesto ocupado por el interesado en el proyecto: investigador principal
Institución participantes: CEBAS Y ORGANISMOS PÚBLICOS DE ISRAEL, ITALIA Y GRECIA NÚMERO DE investigadores participantes: 4

Bio-treatment of cow wates to produce bio-stimulant for plants. Ref. LIFE07 ENV/E/000788.
Entidad Financiadora: UE, 211.298,00 euros
Duración: ENERO 2009- DIC 2011
Investigador principal: CARLOS GARCÍA IZQUIERDO
Otros participantes: Mª Teresa Hernández, Vicente Martinez, Jose Luís Moreno, Mª Dorores Coll, Carmen Chocano, Eva María Gumbau

Strategies to improve and protect soil quality from the disposal of olive oil mills´wastes in the mediterranean region. Ref. LIFE 07/ENV/GR/000280
Entidad Financiadora: UE, 123.676,00 euros
Duración: En. 2009- 31Dic. 2012
Investigador principal: CARLOS GARCÍA IZQUIERDO
Otros participantes: Mª Teresa Hernández, Vicente Martínez, Jose Luís Moreno, MIGUEL ANGEL SANCHEZ-MONEDERO, Mª Dolores Martínez

Global solution for slaughterhouses, meat procesing plants and phytosanitary sector: treatment of category 3 animal wastes and production of high value product with biopesticide. Ref. APTAR - 218345-2
Entidad Financiadora: UE, 723.760,00 euros
Duración: En. 2009-Dic. 2011
Investigador principal: CARLOS GARCÍA IZQUIERDO
Otros participantes: Mª Teresa Hernández, Vicente Martínez, Jose Antonio Pascual, Jose Luís Moreno, Mª Dolores Martínez

BurningMicrobes—fire-induced changes on surface soil microbial communities in mediterranean forests. Rehabilitation by addition of exogenous organic matter. Ref. 248155; FP7-PEOPLE-2009-RG
Entidad Financiadora: Marie Curie Actions—European Re-integration Grants (ERG), 45.000,00 euros
Duración: 2009-2011 (3 años)
Investigador principal: Carlos garcía Izquierdo
Otros participantes: MARTA GOBERNA

Efectos medioambientales del aprovechamiento agrícola de los residuos de almazara (A/015942/08).
Entidad Financiadora: Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) – Cooperación con Mediterráneo
Duración: 1 año, Enero 2009 – Diciembre 2009.
Investigador principal: Dr. Miguel Angel Sánchez Monedero
Otros participantes: Dr. Asunción Roig, Dr. Carlos García Izquierdo, Nuria Serramiá.
Cuantía: 9.000€

Greenhouse gas emissions from amended soils: Effect of soil pH, N source of the organic amendment and soil microbial community on gas flux emissions (P2008CZ01).
Entidad Financiadora: CSIC – Cooperación Bilateral con Academia de las Ciencias de la República Checa
Duración: 2 años, Enero 2009 – Diciembre 2010.
Investigador principal: Dr. Miguel Angel Sánchez Monedero
Otros participantes: Dr. Asunción Roig, Dr. Carlos García Izquierdo, Nuria Serramiá.
Cuantía: 4.000€

Entidad Finaciadora: UE
Investigador principal: Mª Teresa Hernandez
Otros participantes: Carlos Garcia; JL Moreno

Entidad finaciadora: UE
Investigador principal: Carlos García
Otros participantes: Felipe Bastida

Aplicabilidad de la abundancia natural C13) del gupo metoxil de las ligninas como un indicador sensible del ciclo del carbono de zonas deserticas. (Bilateral) España-Alemania
Entidad Finaciadora. Plan Nacional
Investigador principal: Carlos García
Otros participantes: Hans Richnow


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