On October 6th, 2022 Interreg Sudoe Phy2SUDOE (funded by the European Union) will host it’s 3rd Workshop: Phytomanagement for Soil Remediation and the Creation of Value.
Soil contamination is a widespread problem in Europe with adverse consequences for biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and human health. Phy2SUDOE project promotes wider use of phytomanagement strategies by managers and owners of contaminated lands. Phytomanagement is a multi-objective management strategy, based on the use of plants (trees, shrubs, herbaceous) to control contamination-induced risks in contaminated sites while generating products (e.g., wood, resin, essential oils, bioenergy, ecocatalysts) from harvested biomass and enhancing the supply of ecosystem services (e.g., carbon sequestration, erosion control, creation of habitats). Phy2SUDOE project also aims to implement strategies for the conservation of endemic biodiversity in contaminated sites due to its intrinsic and utilitarian value (e.g., biotechnological applications).
Phyto-management is a phytotechnology, arising from phytoremediation, based on the use of plants (trees, shrubs, herbaceous) to control the risk associated with the presence of contaminants in degraded sites, while: (i) they are generated products (eg, wood, resin, essential oils, bioenergy, ecocatalysts) from harvested biomass; and (ii) the supply of ecosystem services is enhanced (e.g., C sequestration, erosion control, creation of habitats).
Phy2SUDOE aims to value sites contaminated with metals-metalloids and / or organic compounds in the SUDOE region through the use of phyto-management strategies aimed at the generation of ecosystem products and services in these sites, while minimizing the environmental impact of pollutants. could cause. Likewise, this project aims to implement strategies for the conservation of endemic biodiversity typical of some contaminated sites (e.g., metallurgical flora, plant growth-promoting bacteria, etc.) due to their intrinsic and utilitarian value (e.g., biotechnological applications).
Phy2SUDOE is a continuation of the PhytoSUDOE project in which a network of sites was formed, mainly contaminated with metal-metalloids, phyto-managed in the SUDOE region. Phy2SUDOE intends to: (i) consolidate the network formed in the previous project; (ii) expand the aforementioned network of sites with new contamination cases (soils contaminated with organic compounds or with mixed contamination) and innovative phyto-management strategies based on the mixture of plant species; and (iii) promote the conservation of endemic biodiversity in some sites that host biota of conservation and biotechnological interest, while promoting biodiversity through the implementation of phyto-management strategies.