Regenerative practices improve soil quality and pasture diversity, as the European LIFE Regen Farming project, due to end this year, has been able to show. Under the coordination of the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development NEIKER-Tecnalia, the project has had the participation of the Navarrese Institute of Agri-Food Technologies and Infrastructures and the Urduñederra Rural Development Agency.
The SOIL-Montana project, coordinated by NEIKER, has been chosen as one of the best projects of the LIFE program of the European Union in the category of “Land use and planning”. The main objective of the project was to demonstrate the viability of an innovative methodology for the conservation of soil and vegetation biodiversity in the grazing areas of the mountain and bottom valleys in the Gorbeia National Park and its surroundings, through the use of the Health Cards of Agroecosystems.
The Basque Agricultural Research and Development Institute, NEIKER-Tecnalia, participates in the development of new varieties of cassava or manioc adapted to climate change for sustainable agriculture. The project for support the development and technology transfer, involves the Mikocheni Institute of Agricultural Research (Tanzania) and the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya), and is co-funded by FAO-Treaty in The framework of a project type: “Support to the co-development and Technology Transfer”.
NEIKER develops technique for decontaminating contaminated soil which combines the use of nanoparticles and bioremediation
The Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development Neiker-Tecnalia is currently exploring a strategy to remedy soils contaminated by organic compounds containing chlorine (organochlorine compounds). The innovative process consists of combining the application of zero-iron nanoparticles with bioremediation techniques. The companies Ekotek and Dinam, the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and Gaiker-IK4 are also participating in this project known as NANOBIOR.