Caring about the future

MOSAIC - Application of microbial-laden biochar as a proxy for long-term sustainability of contaminated soils
Coordinator - Flávio Castro Silva
Programme - Observatoire Hommes-Millieux International (OHMI)
Execution dates - 2021-01-19 - 2023-01-18 (24 Months)
Funding Entity - CNRS/INEE - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Institut Ecologie et Environnement - through the OHMI - International Observatory Hommes-Milieux
Funding for CESAM - 9000 €
Total Funding - 9000 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro

Project Description
MOSAIC project aims at addressing “How feasible/profitable is the local-produced biochar to boost quality of Estarreja contaminated soils?” by assessing and transferring technological development over the following hypotheses: (i) biochar can be produced from renewable feedstocks existing in Estarreja; (ii) pyrolysis parameters can be tuned to match biochar production suitable for both immobilisation of soil contaminants and controlled release of valuable plant nutrients; (iii) enhanced activity of the soil microorganisms enriched onto biochar benefits both soil remediation and fertility; and (iv) the microbial-laden biochar can turn into an innovative Estarreja-based fertiliser, providing that its agronomic value and cost-effectiveness are ensured through proper techno-economic assessment. The project team gathers expertise in environmental biotechnology, thermochemical conversion engineering, soil science and economics towards an innovative transdisciplinary research approach that will benefit stakeholders from Estarreja.

CESAM members on this project
Luís Tarelho

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