Cooperation of LIFE projects at La Higueruela-video

29.05.2015 By: Transfer LBC

Some of the project partners of LIFE11 ENV/ES/535 Operation CO2 and LIFE10 ENV/ES/471 Crops for Better Soil visited together in early May the "La Higueruela", in order to cooperate and exchange experiences that can enrich their projects.

The experimental farm "La Higueruela" belongs to CSIC and is located in the province of Toledo, covering approx. 90 ha. This place, which gathers research data for 30 years, is a representative example of rainfed land in Spain. In this farm, conventional agriculture, organic farming and conservation agriculture are compared, drawing conclusions on which are the most appropriate and cost-effective techniques for cultivation.

The experiments conducted on this farm have in common with the LIFE + Operation CO2 and Crops for Better Soil projects the interest in seeking formulas that combine agroforestry techniques to help combat common problems such as soil erosion and low yields of the plots.

All the participants also agree that the future of farming lies in deepening in the use of mycorrhizae and beneficial bacteria that help the roots of the plants to better absorb soil nutrients and water, acting as a natural fertilizer.

All these techniques (including sustainable soil management such as no-tillage), whose results are scientifically validated through laboratory tests, are designed not only to find sustainable solutions for the environment by helping improve the soil microbial activity, but also and primarily to increase productivity and profitability of crops, thus helping to boost farmers' economy.

In the following video you can see, in order of appearance: Egbert Sonneveld (from Beral and coordinator of both LIFE+ projects), Carlos Lacasta (technician at CSIC), James Olaizola (Director of ID Forest), Pius Floris (Director of Plant Health Cure) and Ramon Meco (Responsible for the Experimental Network at Junta Castilla-La Mancha). Juan Pablo del Monte, from UPM and technical coordinator of Guadalajara plots in Crops for Better Soil project also participated in the visit.