metagenomic identification of nitrate pollutions sources
A new analysis technique allowing identification of specific sequences of the microbiotic genome, through which it is possible to trace sources of nitrate pollution.
With specific IT solutions it is possible to support both farmers and Institutions by creating a territorial platform providing access to sapling data. This will allow a better drafting of administrative procedures and enhance traceability of agricultural reuse compounds.
Farmers from ZVNs (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) are first-hand involved in project activities, expecially in sampling activities and will benefit from IT solution.
DEMETRA DSS project is a PSR Puglia 2014-2020 projects, Measure 16.2, addressing the “nitrate issue” alongside local farms, thanks to the use of innovative IT supports.
What’s the”nitrate issue”?
and what does Nitrate Vulnerable Zones means?
Nitrogen is a fundamental nutritional element for plants, present in soil, but the intensive agricultural activities, livestock and industrial activity has caused a considerable increase in the presence of nitrogen in the groundwater. Large concentrations of nitrogen are toxic to humans and cause serious damage to the groundwater and waterways. That’s why the EU carries out control activities for the designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (ZVN). However, it has not yet been possible to identify the real contributions of the sources of contamination.
Sysman Progetti & Servizi is an ICT company from Puglia, with more than 20 years of experience. Among the many areas explored by Sysman over the years, also thanks to the constant participation in European and regional R&D projects, Sysman gained great experience in the field of Digital Agriculture, thanks to the creation of Bluleaf.
The Institute of Research on Water (IRSA) was established in 1968 with the task of carrying out research activities in management and protection of water resources and in the development of methods and technologies for treatment (purification) of waste water (urban and industrial). Multidisciplinarity has been and is the main “strength” of IRSA, in fact engineers, chemists, geologists, biologists, physicists, etc. collaborate together in the various research groups.
Confederation of Italian Cooperatives, Confcooperative, is the main organization of representation, assistance and protection of the Italian social enterprises , including companies (18,500), persons employed (525,000, with a turnover achieved of 66 billion euros. The shareholders represented are over 3.2 million.
Apofruit Italia is a cooperative company that operates with its own structures and producer members from north to south of Italy.
A pofruit invested in a constant growth with the “mission” to acquire the maximum specialization on the main Italian fruit and vegetable products.
This is embodied by the quality and differentiation of the offer; in the intense activity aimed at varietal renewal; in product and process innovation; in services tailored to modern sales channels; in the organizational and management efficiency of the company.
Among the largest and most modern wineries in the south, Cantine Lizzano has the roots of its vineyards in Salento, thanks to the bet of Luigi Ruggieri, doctor and farmer who, in 1959, gathered a group of winemakers to enhance local productions by recovering the ancient peasant practices and combining them with modern winemaking techniques. In 1989 it obtained the DOC, and today it has 400 members and 500 hectares of vineyards with native (Primitivo, Negroamaro, Malvasia, Moscato) and international (Chardonnay, Pinot and Cabernet) vines.
The Cantina Sociale di Torricella was founded in 1959 to join the forces and experience of the small producers of the city.
A large project, which starts from the earth and crosses the history of generations. And it evolves and continues to grow with the ambition and values of the new generations.
Sempreverde l.t.d. a was born from takeover of the Favuzzi brothers of their father (Favuzzi Pietro) company. The company boasts thirty years of experience in the fruit and vegetable sector.
The company deals with the production, processing and packaging of fruit and vegetable products for the fresh market aiming to improve the quality of work in the company, the quality of fruit and vegetables and the relationship with the market / customers, as well as the final consumers.
AGRIS is a cooperative society established in Bari in 2013. The company gathers technicians and experts in agricultural sector disciplines and has the general purpose of carrying out activities of technical assistance, consultancy, research, investigation, dissemination, technology transfer , production and management in the agricultural, agro-industrial, environmental and food sectors.
News & events
DEMETRA DSS is the best technological innovation – Water-Energy-Food Nexus!
Naples 12-15 July 2022 DEMETRA DSS was awarded as the best technological innovation presented in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus section during the fifth edition of the International Conference EWaS (Efficient Water Systems) - International Conference on "Water Security...
DemetraDss @ EWaS International Conference – Napoli 2022
Naples 12-15 July 2022 The 5th edition of the International Conference EWaS (Efficient Water Systems) - International Conference on "Water Security and Safety Management: emerging threats or new challenges? Moving from Therapy and Restoration to Prognosis and...
Nitrates and food: is food secure?
Nitrates are present in almost all foods on our table, yet we worry for the 'nitrate issue'. So it's worth asking: Is our food safe? Nitrates and Nitrites, and all of the nitrogen compounds, promote optimal crop growth and food preservation. For this reason, in...
The cycle of nitrogen: from the atmosphere to the table
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NITROGEN: WHERE DO NITRATES IN GROUNDWATER COME FROM?
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Second sampling campaign for Demetra DSS
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WORLD WATER DAY 2022: GROUNDWATER AND POLLUTION
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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?
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
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...