The “LIFE AGRESTIC – Reduction of Agricultural Gases EmiSions Through Innovative Cropping systems” project, which is part of the broader climate change mitigation objective of the LIFE Program for the Environment and Climate Change 2014-2020 (funded by the Eu), will promote the adoption of innovative and efficient cropping systems, with a high potential for climate change mitigation, and will contribute to the dissemination of innovative visions and tools for a more efficient and climate-friendly agriculture.
“LIFE AGRESTIC” aims at promoting the adoption by European farmers of innovative and efficient cropping systems, based on the use of legumes and catch crops able to mitigate the effects of climate change. The project, lasting 4 and a half years, involves six partners: Horta, ART-ER, Isea, New Business Media, Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna e Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza.
LIFE AGRESTIC will take place in Italy (Emilia – Romagna, Tuscany and Puglia) and will focus on the inclusion of legumes and catch crops in the rotations of cereals and industrial crops (tomatoes and sunflowers), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration and the availability of organic nitrogen. It will also develop an innovative decision support tool (DSS) for efficient management of the entire crop system (multi-year rotations of different crops), rationalizing the use of external inputs (nitrogen fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) and non-renewable resources (soil and fuels) and increasing / maintaining yields, product quality and safety. The development of a prototype for automatic and continuous monitoring of greenhouse gas flows from the soil, a product label and schemes for the payment of Ecosystem Services is also planned.
The main activities
The objectives of the project will be pursued by integrating the skills of the partners involved in the implementation of the various activities. Specifically LIFE AGRESTIC provides: