EXCALIBUR’s efforts to exploit soil biodiversity were showcased at Earth Day 2020 webinar

 In Horizon 2020

The work performed in EXCAIBUR related to the innovative approach of exploiting the soil microbial biodiversity to enhance soil fertility and reduce the impact of chemical inputs in horticultural crops. The essential of the project was presented as a case study showing how to achieve an environmental friendly production of fruits during an international webinar organized by the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) and the International Entrepreneurship House on 21-23 April 2020.

The webinar marked the 50th anniversary of the Earth Day. During its three sessions, issues such as effects of climatic changes, global warming and nature conservation policies were presented and discussed. The webinar was chaired by Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, president of the ECO-IEST and attended by world’s renowned scientists and environmentalist from 12 different countries and also representatives from the UNEP and ECO secretariat.

Prof. Eligio Malusa from the Research Institute of Horticulture (Poland) addressed the issue of „Climate change and Crops protection”, presenting how the climatic crisis is affecting the behaviour of both beneficial and damaging pests and how a better management of soil biodiversity can increase the plant resilience to climate changes. Prof. Malusa underlined the concept at the basis of Excalibur project, linking it to a technical and economical feasibility.

The file with the presentation is available at this link and the oral explanation of the slides can be listened from this link (https://www.aparat.com/v/4e26d?playlist=368352 starting at min 59). The webinar was followed by more than 100 attendees around the world.

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