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Excalibur project

Sister project: Excalibur

Don’t be scared. We are sure that when you have seen the word “Excalibur” in our Brother Projects section, you will have thought that in the CONSOLE project we have gone crazy.

Well, none of that. Excalibur, in addition to being that legendary sword that King Arthur managed to remove from a rock, is also a European project on the dynamics of soil biodiversity and its synergistic effects with prebiotic and probiotic approaches in horticulture.

But … exactly what it is about

In the Excalibur project logo the sword appears rooted in the ground, rather than nailed to a solid rock. And we believe it symbolizes the strength of biodiversity (the sword) in and on the ground.

Its promoters argue that Excalibur will develop a comprehensive soil management strategy to increase the effectiveness of biocontrol and biofertilization practices in agriculture; increasing the force between that sword and that ground, right?

Excalibur goals

To achieve their purposes, they have developed a series of objectives:

  1. Focus on multi-scale interactions between plants and underground organisms to exploit the potential of bioefectors and multifunctional bioinoculants.
  2. Optimize the formulation and application methods of these products according to the dynamics of the native biodiversity of the soil.
  3. Develop a strategy to improve the exploitation of interactions of soil biodiversity with bioefectors and bioinoculants by evaluating their impacts on crops and biodiversity with different agricultural management practices (conventional, organic) and conditions of biotic stress / abiotic.
  4. Create a multi-criteria model to assess the state of the soil biodiversity of farming systems with the aim of using bioefectors and bioinoculants more efficiently.
  5. Develop technical tools to monitor the persistence and dispersal of bioinoculants under field conditions for ecotoxicological and agronomic purposes.
  6. Assess the effects of the new strategy on the economy, environmental quality, and ecosystem functions.
  7. Disseminate the results among all stakeholders with a dynamic and comprehensive methodology and encourage the adoption of recommended practices derived from the new strategy at the local, regional and international levels.

Who are the Knights of the Round Table?

The Excalibur project is developed by public and private entities in Europe that have developed their strategy in three main activities subdivided into six Work Packages (WP).

There is no doubt that the results of the Excalibur project will be exciting.

 Kick-off meeting of the H2020 project EXCALIBUR (On 19-21 June 2019)

Kick-off meeting of the H2020 project EXCALIBUR (On 19-21 June 2019)

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Accelerating Transformation to Achieve the 2030 Agenda: Nature-Based Solutions for People and Planet

UN Environment event.

The United Nations Environment Program is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authorized advocate for the environment. Global.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, between 8:30 am to 9:30 am (New York time), the event “Accelerating Transformation to Achieve the 2030 Agenda: Nature-Based Solutions for People and Planet” will be held.

Objectives of the event

The event aims to show accelerated transformative actions to promote human well-being, tackle climate change and restore nature. Participants will shed light on the biodiversity-related SDG targets that have a 2020 timeline, with the goal of mobilizing high-level actions to achieve them.

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Olive diseases, an environmental and economic problem

Olive diseases, an environmental and economic problem

One of the concerns of the European Union is the health of olive groves, which are found especially in southern Europe. For this reason, the CONSOLE project to assess its environmental affections has developed case studies.

Invasions of specific species from other places on the planet is, without a doubt, one of the greatest environmental problems, since the invasive specifications displace the endemic ones.

For instance, there are many problems facing European olive growers, to which we must add a plant disease transmitted by sap-sucking insects that has devastated olive and fruit orchards throughout southern Europe.

Since the summer of 2013, Xyella fastidiosa was detected in Olea europaea (olive) of the Puglia region (Italy ) noticed that the leaves of several of their trees were turning brown and their shoots were wilting. The problem spreads from one orchard to another as more olive growers discovered that their trees were drying up and beginning to die.  Currently it is present in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Xylella fastidiosa bacteria cause disease in almond and other plant species. / Photo: IVIA

Xylella fastidiosa bacteria cause disease in almond and other plant species. / Photo: IVIA

Tree eradication brings with its considerable economic losses in the agricultural sector and has a very negative impact on the environment, since it increases the risk of erosion and soil degradation. Therefore, to the damages caused by Xylella fastidiosa we must add those caused by this measure.

Xyella fastidiosa, native to the United States, quickly reached the entire Mediterranean, even reaching northern Germany.

It is a bacterium that is transmitted mainly by sap-sucking insects, such as bedbugs. As insects feed, the bacteria can infect the vessels that carry water and nutrients around the plant, known as a xylem. As the bacteria destroy the xylem, it slowly strangles the plant.

Not only olive trees are affected

But the disease can infect a wide range of plants, including shrubs such as the myrtle leaf and rosemary, oak trees, and major crops such as lavender. But also, food crops, such as cherry, plum and – of course – olive trees.

Xylella fastidiosa

Xylella fastidiosa 

The science is the solution.

On the other hand, Schneider et al (2020) recently developed a spatially explicit bioeconomic model to calculate the potential future economic impact of the pest. The uncertainty about the spread is explained by simulating different scenarios. Most of the orchards were found to be within climatically suitable territory. Also with a slow spread of the disease and the ability to replace with resistant crops, projections of future economic impact on the affected countries amount to billions of euros. The researchers findings highlight the importance of minimizing the spread of the disease and implementing adaptation measures in the affected areas.

AGFOSY Project

Sister Project: AGFOSY

From the CONSOLE project we are delighted to present the AGFOSY Project.

AGFOSY is an Erasmus + strategic partnership project and is funded by the EU (The AGFOSY project has been funded with support from the European Commission, with reference number 2018-1-CZ01-KA202-048153).

The AGFOSY project is carried out by a consortium of seven partners from six different countries, they are working together to raise awareness and promote Agroforestry measures across Europe.

The AGFOSY project partners in Toulouse meeting, France on May 23 – 24th.
The AGFOSY project partners in Toulouse meeting, France on May 23 – 24th.

About the project

Agroforestry is defined as a land use system where woody vegetation grows in association with agricultural crops or livestock on the same land.

Thus, this combination increases the diversity of agricultural production, reduces farmers’ dependence on a crop, and provides many important environmental services (reduced soil erosion, water conservation, maintenance of soil fertility, conservation of biodiversity, etc.).

In addition, Agroforestry provides solutions to different problems, such as income diversification, unemployment and ecological services.

This system provides a wide range of services, making it possible to contribute to sustainable growth and mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Most importantly, Agroforestry helps to achieve the objectives of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) as the shift towards a low carbon and resilient economy in agriculture. In addition, Agroforestry leads to diversifying income and increasing productivity.

The project will be developed mainly in the north and center of continental Europe and looks for new systems that fit or help solve the specific collectivization heritage of Eastern Europe: large fields, treeless landscapes, etc.

From the CONSOLE project we are looking forward to hearing the results of your research.

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FREE Seminars of the American Soil Science Society

FREE Seminars of the American Soil Science Society

The French writer Gustave Flaubert could not have been more correct when he said that “life must be continuing education“. The world continues spinning, whether we want to or not, so the best for our interests, both personal and professional, is to bet on continuous training as a way to stay updated and prepared for new circumstances.

For this reason, the Soil Science Society of America has developed a series of free technical seminars and seminars that may be of great interest to news followers of the CONSOLE project website.

The first set of seminars created by the Soil Science Society of America and the Institute of Soil Health (and sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation) will give us knowledges, skills, techniques and tools in order to assess soil health.

Assessing Soil Health Webinar Series

The Soil Science Society of America has developed a series of free technical seminars and meetings that may be of great interest to news followers of the CONSOLE project website.

The first set of seminars created by the Soil Science Society of America and the Institute of Soil Health (and sponsored by the Walton Family Foundation) will give us knowledges, skills and also​​techniques and tools to assess soil health.

  • Measures of Soil Water Cycling (July 21, 2020) Registration Now Open!
  • Measures of Soil Carbon Cycling and Storage (August 13, 2020)
  • Measures of Soil Nitrogen Cycling (September 17, 2020)
  • Practical Measures of the Soil Microbiome (November 17, 2020)
  • Standard Measurements for Soil Health (December 8, 2020)
  • Soil Health Economics (January 19, 2021)

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Translation of Visionary Science into Practice

A second meeting will be the “Translation of Visionary Science into Practice” to be held from November 8 to 11 of this year 2020.

This meeting is justified because currently, the media and information systems fail to inform the public. This may limit the scientific application of the real world and the adoption of new technologies. Non-scientists often determine the relevance, meaning, and potential value of new technologies and partnerships based on incomplete data and partial knowledge.

In these confusing times where “fake news” competes with facts, it has never been more important, or more urgently, to develop the skills and tools necessary to translate scientific knowledge for the public good and to do so with absolute transparency, clarity and Vision.

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Flora Amery, from ELO

Console project featured in CountrySide magazine

Once again, the CONSOLE project has had space in the specialized media, as is the case of the CountrySide magazine that has been disseminating information related to land managers and rural owners for almost 20 years.

Our partner Flora Amery, from ELO (European Land Owners’ Organization) begins the article by giving an idea of ​​what is and also about the main objectives of the CONSOLE project. Likewise, she exposes the inconveniences presented to carry out the Third Meeting of the CONSOLE project as a consequence of the crisis generated by COVID-19.

CountrySide magazine cover (n. 187)

CountrySide magazine cover (n. 187)

This meeting, which was scheduled to take place March 18-20 in Brussels, was finally held virtually (online).

At the Third Meeting, as Flora magnificently exposes, topics related to CONSOLE project partners were discussed, among which the development and presentation of FactSheets of each European case study and beyond stands out.

 Due to the interest, we can’t stop animating and reading Flora Amery’s article so much; like all interesting articles developed by CountrySide contributors.

 

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