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The European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation

Integrated plant phenotyping infrastructure for the Improvement of plant performance under different climate conditions.

Plants are the basis of all food, feed and renewable bioenergy production and are essential for transfer from a fossil fuel-based economy to a bioeconomy. A major challenge for food production in the coming decades is the difficulty of expanding agricultural land, along with the effect of climate change and the increase in world population are the current societal challenges that make necessary to accelerate research to improve yield-potential and adaptation to stressful environments.

Plant phenotyping offers innovative tools to face these challenges. Plant phenotyping is an emerging discipline that provide the technology to analyze the interaction among plant genotypes, phenotypes and environment which determining the plant performance under different climate conditions.

Improvement of plant performance under changing climates requires the use of different categories of installations in field and platforms, which need to be combined with a coordinated infrastructure for storing. For this purpose, the European Infrastructure for Multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation (EMPHASIS) aims at developing  an integrated pan-European infrastructure of instrumented phenotyping facilities available to the user community and able to quantitatively test plant performance under current and future agro-climatic scenarios.


Associated countries: AT, BG, CY, CZ, DK, EE, FI, GR, HU, IE, IL, NO, PL, PT, RO, RS, SK, ES, SE.

Duration: 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

Contact: Ulrich Schurr, [email protected]. EMPHASIS

Leverano in Fiore

Leverano in Fiore, 17-19 May 2019

‘Leverano in fiore’ is ready to come back again in 2019 to amaze visitors and guests from all over the world with another memorable and surprising event. The old town centre is already preparing to wear its magical dress of colours.

The town of Leverano is set in the heart of the expansive Arneo area, a corner of Salento rich with olive trees and dry-stone walls, an area of absolute naturalistic-environmental value. Located in a strategic position: a few kilometres from Lecce, the capital city of the Province, and from the main summer tourist destinations, in particular Porto Cesareo, Leverano is home to many historical monuments. The Tower of Frederick II, built around 1220, is a national monument and symbol of the identity of our community.

Leverano is a town with a strong agricultural tradition: it is one of the main Apulian centres for the production of vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, flowers and wines, now known all over the world. Leverano is also known as the “City of Flowers”, thanks to over 400 companies operating in flower growing business which make Leverano an important reference point in Italy for the entire sector. Celosia, Chrysanthemum, Curcuma, Helianthus and Oriental Lily are all produced here in large quantities.

Last year more than 40 thousand visitors come to the town to attend ‘Leverano in fiore’. The old town centre was transformed into a huge open air garden. In this triumph of colours and scents, lovers of flowers, plants and beauty in general were able to admire the many extraordinary creations. To make the event even more celebratory, 40 floral artists took part in an international art competition ‘Arteflorando’. Divided into 14 teams from all over the world, they contributed to make “Leverano in fiore” unique.


See the promotional flyer for more information.

Duration: 17/05/2019 - 19/05/2019

Contact: Angelo Santino, [email protected].


Duckweed technology for improving nutrient management and resource efficiency in pig production systems

The system proposed by LIFE LEMNA is an example of circular economy, where the excess of nutrients on manure causing environmental impacts becomes a resource for direct recycling as feedstock and organic fertilizers. LIFE LEMNA aims to demonstrate the technical feasibility and sustainability of a system based on the production of duckweed for nutrient recovery (mainly N and P) in pig production farms.

Duckweed is a small floating macrophyte with a high capacity for removing dissolved nutrients from water. Furthermore, duckweed over other macrophytes used in effluent treatment has a high biomass production rate (15-20 t DM/ha·y) and high protein content.

LIFE LEMNA has constructed the first full scale duckweed system for nutrient removal in EU (250 m2) to demonstrate its viability as nutrient recovery system in real-life pig farm conditions. The resulting duckweed biomass is being tested as a source of high value protein for feed and biofertilizers. Moreover, biomass production rate and nutrient efficiency in real digested manure has been determined in a collection of more than 25 duckweed strains native from the Iberian Peninsula.

The partners of the project are: AINIA (coordinator), CNB-CSIC, Porgaporcs and Ecobiogas.

Lemna project is being developed under the support of the Life Programme of the European Commission

Participationg countries: SPAIN

See the LIFE LEMNA video for more details.

Duration: 01/10/2016 - 31/03/2020

Contact: Mr. Alfredo Rodrigo, [email protected]. AINIA