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Cyanobacteria for restoration of degraded soils

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "Cyano4REST" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Piazza San Marco 4
city: Florence
postcode: 50121

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 168˙277 €
 EC max contribution 168˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-11-01   to  2018-10-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE IT (Florence) coordinator 168˙277.00


 Project objective

Frequent land degradation problems in drylands make necessary the adoption of effective and low cost restoration strategies for a sustainable development of these areas. However, water scarcity and low soil fertility inherent to drylands make difficult implementation of traditional restoration techniques based on plant cover establishment. Recent studies point to the viability of cyanobacteria and their secreted exopolysaccharides (EPS) as an eco-friendly biotechnology technique for restoration of arid degraded soils. However, cyanobacteria utilization is limited due to lack of knowledge regarding the factors involved in the success and failure of inoculated cyanobacteria. The general objective of Cyano4REST is cover the gap in knowledge on the relationships between the characteristics of the polysaccharidic matrix produced by cyanobacteria in the soils and its role in affecting soil hydraulic properties, soil stability and CO2 fluxes in biocrusts. The specific objectives are: 1) Identification and culture of cyanobacteria species present in biocrusts from different arid and semiarid regions; 2) Chemical and macromolecular characterization of the EPS secreted by cyanobacteria species and their influence on biocrust development; 3) Analysis of the influence of cyanobacteria inoculation on soil properties and CO2 fluxes on different textured soils; 4) Cyanobacteria inoculation on soils under field conditions and analysis of their influence on soil fertility and stability, soil moisture, and CO2 fluxes. This project represent a significant step forward the development of successful strategy for soil restoration based on the artificial inoculation of cyanobacteria. Cyano4REST will thus increase the European research visibility in the development of new biotechnological techniques to promote sustainable development, ensure the protection of the environment and combat climate change, one of the priority areas of the H2020 program.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Beatriz Roncero-Ramos, M. Ángeles Muñoz-Martín, Sonia Chamizo, Lara Fernández-Valbuena, Diego Mendoza, Elvira Perona, Yolanda Cantón,Pilar Mateo
Polyphasic evaluation of key cyanobacteria in biocrusts from the most arid region in Europe
published pages: , ISSN: 2376-5992, DOI: 10.7717/peerj.6169
PeerJ 2019-10-08
2018 Sonia Chamizo, Emilio Rodríguez Caballero, Yolanda Cantón, Roberto De Philippis
Soil Inoculation with Cyanobacteria: Reviewing Its’ Potential for Agriculture Sustainability in Drylands
published pages: 5, ISSN: 2471-6774, DOI: 10.19080/ARTOAJ.2018.18.556046
Agricultural Research & Technology 2019-05-09
2018 Sonia Chamizo, Alessandra Adessi, Gianmarco Mugnai, Andrea Simiani, Roberto De Philippis
Soil Type and Cyanobacteria Species Influence the Macromolecular and Chemical Characteristics of the Polysaccharidic Matrix in Induced Biocrusts
published pages: 17, ISSN: 0095-3628, DOI: 10.1007/s00248-018-1305-y
Microbial Ecology 8 2019-05-09
2018 Sonia Chamizo, Gianmarco Mugnai, Federico Rossi, Giacomo Certini, Roberto De Philippis
Cyanobacteria Inoculation Improves Soil Stability and Fertility on Different Textured Soils: Gaining Insights for Applicability in Soil Restoration
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-665X, DOI: 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00049
Frontiers in Environmental Science 6 2019-05-09

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