Caring about the future

LIFE REFOREST - Erosion prevention and flora REstauration of burnt FOREST areas through innovative fungal-technosol solution
CESAM Responsible researcher - Jan Jacob Keizer
Programme - LIFE Programme (LIFE17 ENV/ES/000248)
Execution dates - 2018-07-01 - 2022-03-31 (45 Months)
Funding Entity - EC - European Commission
Funding for CESAM - 302382 €
Total Funding - 1577648 €
Proponent Institution - CETIM - Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Investigación Multisectorial
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Associação Florestal de Portugal
Asociación Forestal de Galicia, Spain
HIFAS da Terra S.L., Spain
Indutec Ingenieros, S.L.U., Spain
TEN S.L. - Tratamientos Ecológicos del Noroeste S.L., Spain
Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Águeda (ESTGA), UA

Project Description
The goal of LIFE REFOREST is to demonstrate a new strategy to mitigate soil loss associated to post-fire episodes in forest areas by applying a technosol based in organic waste inoculated with fungal species (mycotechnosol) in order to avoid soil erosion and boost natural regeneration of burnt areas. LIFE REFOREST solution will be based in a mycotechnosol, contained in a tube-shaped biodegradable net, acting as a bioactive barrier to retain soil structure from streamflow in a first stage, and to accelerate ecosystem recovery thanks to fast fungal mycelium development on forest surface. This novel mycotechnosol will also supply organic matter and nutrients to the soil, and local plant seeds to accelerate the restoration of the vegetation cover and promote water retention.

Project webpage

CESAM members on this project
Ana Paula Gomes


CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020


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