WELCOME TO AGRIPORT
aimed at reclaiming slightly
contaminated sites through phytoremediation as an innovative technology to recover
dredging sediments using plants.
On the left: Aerial view of the sediment accumulation basin at the
port of Livorno, Italy (during the process of sediments filling); on the right:
filled accumulation basin
The AGRIPORT project promotes an innovative
approach to decontaminate dredging sedimentsbased on phyto-treatment (i.e. the use of plants) combined with
organisms such as earth worms. The synergic action of plants and organisms transforms degraded sediments into
fertile and nutrient rich soil, removing salt and polluting substances.
This process decontaminates polluted sediments dredged from ports or navigable
channels into arable land, or soil appropriate for other uses such as
landscaping, environmental restoration, gardening, capping of landfills, etc.
On the left: key elements of the AGRIPORT sediment treatment
method; on the right: cross-section view of the proposed phyto-treatment
Through its three years duration AGRIPORT will focus on optimising the decontamination method
in two pilot applications in
the port of Livorno (Italy) and the agricultural cooperative (kibbutz) Revadim
(Israel). A plant nursery will be installed in Pisa (Italy) where the quality of recycled soil will be
validated and the most appropriate crops for the treated sediment will be
identified in to optimise the soil decontamination process. In addition,
AGRIPORT will foster the commercialisation
of the technology and its end product to
port authorities, plant nurseries and agronomic businesses in Europe and across
the Mediterranean region.
The project is a joint
effort of various stakeholders of
the sediment management process. It brings together partners from
environmental engineering consultancies (SGI Studio Galli Ingegneria,
D’Appolonia and DFS Montenegro), research and academic institutions (University
of Pisa, Italian National Research Council and Israeli Agricultural Research
Organisation - Volcani Center), a port authority (Livorno).
AGRIPORT has received the support from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and
Innovation(EACI) and the Italian Ministry of Environment and
Brief information about the
project has also been contained in the project information sheet.