Port sediment for horticultural use

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RESEARCHERS from the Miguel Hernandez University (UMH) in Elche and the University of Florence (Italy) are studying the suitability of dredged sediment from ports as an alternative for the preparation of growing in horticulture.

Researchers have attended the first meeting for the implementation of this European study, which aims to demonstrate the potential of this material for the growth and production of plants. The research is part of the European LIFE project and is expected to last two years, with a budget of €1.24 million. The research will look at the legislative and cultural reasons that hinder the use of marine sediments in horticulture.

Those involved will work on developing guidelines for the safe and sustainable use of marine sediments, especially for the growth and production of pomegranates and strawberries, among other representative plants in Italy and Spain. It is hoped the use of these sediments in horticulture could reduce the need for traditional exploitation of peat lands and reduce the costs of fertilisers.

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