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NITROGEN: WHERE DO NITRATES IN GROUNDWATER COME FROM?

NITROGEN: WHERE DO NITRATES IN GROUNDWATER COME FROM?

Nitrogen is fundamental to all living things, but nitrates in groundwater represent a serious health and environmental risk. Where do nitrates in groundwater come from and what is the role of a responsible agriculture to reduce contamination, starting from the...

Second sampling campaign for Demetra DSS

Second sampling campaign for Demetra DSS

Second sampling campaign for environmental monitoring of the DEMETRA DSS project at the Sempreverde company started today!   At the beginning of the new agricultural season, the CNR-IRSA team together with the Agris one returned on field to start the second...

WORLD WATER DAY 2022: GROUNDWATER AND POLLUTION

WORLD WATER DAY 2022: GROUNDWATER AND POLLUTION

2022 World Water Day is dedicated to groundwater and its preservation from over-usage and pollution due to agricultural activities. Water is one of the essential inorganic components for life whose  movement defines the so-called nutrient cycle. In addition, water as...

How to choose and characterize an experimental area

How to choose and characterize an experimental area

To ensure that the DEMETRA DSS solution is consistent with the problem of farmers in the ZVNs and institutions, an intense experimentation activity was carried on experimental areas: let's find out how an experimental area is chosen and characterized. PHASE 1:...

New NZV designation in Puglia: what’s the situation?

New NZV designation in Puglia: what’s the situation?

The designation of NVZ has undergone several evolutions over the years, thanks to the new scientific tools available: let's discover together the situation in Puglia today! The first designation of the NVZ by the Puglia Region dates back to 2005: in response to...

Leaching of nitrates: tools and strategy to avoid it

Leaching of nitrates: tools and strategy to avoid it

Nitrogen is not in absolute terms a risk factor or insurance for a good and healthy product: like other nutritional elements such as potassium or calcium, nitrogen, in correct quantities, is essential for health and success. of agricultural production (eg nitrogen...

Report: Sampling guide

Report: Sampling guide

Within the monitoring and experimentation activities on pilot farms, the scientific team of the CNR-IRSA has developed sampling guidelines, containing main steps to follow to sample a territory within the ZVN. Discover the sampling guide, written by the CNR-IRSA team!...

Report: what’s the PAN Puglia?

Report: what’s the PAN Puglia?

The Nitrate Action Plan (PAN) is the main tool made made available by European Community and the Italian Regions for addressing nitrate pollution issue that threatens our agriculture. The PAN defines strategies and actions able to fight pollutions and preventing it,...