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Production of Biostimulants, Biofertilizers, Biopolymers and Bioenergy from OLIVE-oil chain residues and by-products




01/06/2021 – 31/05/2024

Intensive agriculture in the Mediterranean area impacts and disturbs natural ecosystems, due to high inputs of water, fertilizers and agrochemicals. The main consequence is the unsustainable use of natural resources, with detrimental effects on soil fertility and biodiversity, and degradation of the environment as a result of pollutants release. More sustainable approaches are urgently required to find new and more efficient uses of natural resources and enhance the agroecosystem resilience.

The development and application of innovative farming systems will ensure productivity, stability, resistance and resilience, avoiding disturbances on the long-term. Indeed, the efficient use of natural resources and reduction of chemical inputs both protect and improve the agroecosystem resilience to environmental disturbances related also to climate change.

Within the olive-oil chain production, more than 30 million m3 of the olive mill wastes are generated in Mediterranean countries in a relatively short time period, representing several environmental risks due to the high concentration of polluting substances. The development of feasible strategies to recover these agricultural wastes is of primary importance, both for improving the use of natural resources, and for facing the environmental threads linked to the disposal of these wastes. The joint production of olive oil and new bio-based products for agriculture and other sectors is a strategic way for improving the sustainability of the farming systems based on this agricultural cultivation.

4BIOLIVE list of participants

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(University of Perugia)
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2. UPC
(Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
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(National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria)
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(Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education Chott-Mariem)
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(Institut Supérieur des Etudes Appliquées en Humanités de Mahdia / University of Monastir)
Participant No * PI name Organisation Country
1. UNIPG Debora Puglia University of Perugia Italy
2. UPC Ivet Ferrer Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain
3. INRAA Yamina Bouchikh National Institute of Agronomic Research of Algeria Algeria
4. CRRHAB Soumaya DBara Institution of Agricultural Research and Higher Education Chott-Mariem Tunisia
5. ISEAH/UM Karim Lahmar UInstitut Supérieur des Etudes Appliquées en Humanités de Mahdia / University of Monastir Tunisia
This project is part of the PRIMA programme supported by the European Union Any dissemination of results must indicate that it reflects only the author's view and that the PRIMA Foundation is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains