Physical, chemical and microbiological characterization of the remediated sediments to:
– Determine the chemical and biological fertility by measuring the levels of nutrients (C, N, P, S), humic substances and humification degree, microbial biomass and microbial activity in the remediated sediments
– Determine the concentrations of eventual inorganic and organic contaminants and analysis of biotoxicity
– Sediment landfarming for a suitable time period to improve the structure and homogeneity of the sediments
– Analysis of the sediments after landfarming check their properties and optimize the plant nutrition and fruit production
– Analysis of the biochemical and nutritional properties of representative number of fruits and assessment of the eventual presence of organic and inorganic contaminants.
– Representative number of fruits from each cultivar and substrate types will be analyzed for their morphological, biochemical and sensorial characteristics
– Evaluation of rooting, growth and development of pomegranate cuttings grown on sediment-based, mixed and peat-based substrates.
– Sensorial panel audit taste analysis for the comparison of fruits grown with the traditional or innovative methodology demonstrated in the HORSTISED project
– Open days at both in Italian and Spanish fruit growing sites for disseminating the knowledge and communicate to stakeholders, professionals and policy makers
– Communicate the obtained results with papers on scientific and popular press and with interview on mass media
– preparation of guideline for safe preparation and use of sediment-based growing media