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GuadiamarLandscapeNew RECARE paper: A review of studies on soil contamination in Guadiamar, Spain over last 20 years

RECARE colleagues from the Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS), CSIC in Spain have recently published a paper in Science of the Total Environment. The paper - Soil-plant relationships and contamination by trace elements: A review of twenty years of experimentation and monitoring after the Aznalcóllar (SW Spain) mine accident – focuses on a RECARE Case Study area in the south of Spain where severe soil contamination was caused by the Aznalcóllar mine accident in April 1998. The paper reviews the main results of research conducted in the affected area over the last 20 years, focusing on the soil-plant system. The reclamation techniques included the removal of sludge and soil surface layer and use of soil amendments. The effects of different types of amendments at different spatial scales and their effectiveness with time are reviewed. Monitoring of trace elements in soil and their transfer to plants (crops, herbs, shrubs, and trees) are evaluated to assess potential toxicity effects in the foodweb. The utility of some plants (accumulators) with regard to the biomonitoring of trace elements in the environment are also evaluated. Retention of trace elements by plant roots and their associated microorganisms has been used as a low-cost technique for trace element stabilization and soil remediation. The authors also evaluated the experience acquired in making the Guadiamar Green Corridor a large-scale soil reclamation and phytoremediation case study.

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BonaReslogoRECARE presentations at BonaRes 2018 Conference

Two presentations on the RECARE project were given at the BonRes 2018 Conference: Soil as a Sustainable Resource, which took place in Berlin 26th-27th February 2018.  Gudrun Schwilch, gave a keynote presentation about the RECARE Ecosystem Services Framework for Soil titled "Sustainable Soil Management Through a Transdisciplinary Assessment and Validation of Ecosystem services"   Jane Mills presented review work undertaken within RECARE on farm advisory systems for soil entitled "Are advisory services 'fit for purpose' to support sustainable soil management? A review of advisory capacity in Europe"

RECARE film generates debate about soil sealing in Italy

Italy SoilSealingEvent8th November 2017 Soil sealing - the covering of the ground by an impermeable material - is a serious soil threat. Soil sealing has important consequences for flooding, as water is no longer absorbed, food production, and the filtering and buffering capacity of soils and biodiversity, as well as other impacts. The EU has set a target to achieve zero net soil sealing by 2050, but soil sealing continues to increase annually. As part of the drive to spread the word about the problem and the urgency of caring for the soil, Professor Francesco Morari from Padova University and Mario Boldrin from Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA) organised a showing of the RECARE film about soil sealing (8/11/2017). The RECARE film features examples of soil sealing in Italy, and local farmers and Professor Morari explain the impacts of soil sealing in the Veneto region, a RECARE case study area (see the case study here). With invited speakers representing regional agricultural organisations and the local councils, it attracted not only over 100 hundred people to watch the film and discuss the topic, but also the regional TV company. The meeting featured on the local TV station 'Padova in diretta' relaying the concerns of about soil sealing to a broader audience. You can watch this film here.

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