LIFE AgRemSO3il - Agrochemical remediation of farm soils by combining solarization and ozonation techniques

LIFE17 ENV/ES/000203

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Contact person: Fulgencio Contreras López
Tel: 34968366750
Email: fulgencio.contreras@carm.es

Project description:


The main challenge for modern agriculture is how to produce more and better food while avoiding any adverse effect on the environment or natural resources. Pesticides are widely used in farming because, from an agronomic point of view, it is desirable that agrochemicals persist long enough to control pests throughout the cultivation cycle. However persistent compounds have some undesirable environmental impacts. Many of them are intrinsically toxic and consequently they can affect the health of people, livestock, agricultural crops, wildlife, and fish and other aquatic organisms or microorganisms. The longer the molecule remains in the environment, the greater the risk of exposure of susceptible individuals or populations. In this context, soil remediation strategies are necessary, but there is a lack of full-scale remediation technologies.


The main objective of LIFE AgRemSO3il is to develop and fine-tune a new technology to remediate soils that combines on-site solarisation and ozonation techniques. The project will build a prototype of its Agremsoil technology and test different methods for soil remediation and disinfection. Ozonation generates hydroxyl radicals that together with light radiation attack any organic molecule and convert it to carbon dioxide, water and mineral salts. Solarisation involves placing transparent plastic on the floor during the summer months, when temperature and light radiation are more intense. The prototype will be tested under controlled conditions at IMIDA's experimental plots in southern Spain and in real conditions on two commercial farms. Results will be shared with potential multipliers (farmers, agricultural associations, policymakers, etc.).

This project will contribute to the implementation of EU Environmental policy, in particular to the Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and the Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.

Expected results:

  • Management of pesticide degradation in agriculture soils in real farm conditions without generating any other residue;
  • Removal of at least 75% of pesticides in the soil;
  • Development of an ozonisation plus solarisation method optimised for farm conditions (Agremsoil prototype);
  • Implementation of the prototype in medium-sized and large farms with drip irrigation systems;
  • Dissemination of results among potential users, technical staff at regional authorities, relevant stakeholders and public authorities in the EU.



Environmental issues addressed:


Land-use & Planning - Soil and landscape protection


agricultural pollution‚  pollutant elimination‚  soil decontamination‚  pest control‚  contamined soil

Target EU Legislation

  • Land & Soil
  • COM(2006)508 - “Communication on the development of agri-environmental indicators for monitoring ...
  • COM(2006)231 - “Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection” (22.09.2006)
  • Chemicals & Hazardous substances
  • Directive 2009/128/EC - A framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pestic ...

Natura 2000 sites

Not applicable



Coordinator Instituto Murciano de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario y Alimentario
Type of organisation Research institution
Description The Murcian Institute of Agricultural and Food Research and Development (IMIDA) is a public research body with autonomous status, attached to the Regional Ministry of Water, Agriculture and Environment. Its main objective is to implement research and technological development in agriculture, forestry, food, fishing and aquaculture.
Partners Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain IDCONSORTIUM S.L., Spain Novedades Agricolas S.A., Spain


Project reference LIFE17 ENV/ES/000203
Duration 01-JUL-2018 to 30-JUN -2022
Total budget 2,221,241.00 €
EU contribution 1,332,724.00 €
Project location Murcia(España)


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