SEMIA-Health Addresses, Sustainibility and Excellence of the Mediterranean Olive Culture

Within the Rural Development Plan (Piano di Sviluppo Rurale, PSR 2014/2020) of Tuscany Region, “Collegio Toscano degli Olivicoltori OL.MA” is the responsible of the PIF Project, entitled "OPTIMIZATION AND INNOVATION CHAIN OF OLIVE CULTURE AND INCREASING THE QUALITY OF TOSCAN OLIVE OIL - PIF16/2015", in which IVALSA participates in the subsection 16.2 "Support for pilot projects and cooperation", with the project entitled "HEALTH ADDRESSES, SUSTAINABILITY AND EXCELLENCE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN OLIVE CULTURE - SEMIA". Together with IVALSA, the University of Tuscia (Department DIBAF), the University of Florence (Department GESAAF) and Scuola S. Anna (Institute of Life Sciences) are also participating to the project. The total cost of SEMIA project is € 499,915 and is funded with a contribution of € 449,924.
The SEMIA project aims to transfer technical, technological and methodological innovation for economically and environmentally sustainable management of olive oil sector, which will strengthen and make competitive the valuable production in a scenario of production uncertainty conditioned by climatic and global changes. The actions proposed by SEMIA tend to decrease the operating costs of the olive oil sector and, to a lesser extent, oil production, promoting a reduction in working time in the field, lower costs for purchase and spraying of pesticides, optimization of collection schedules, maximizing the performance/quality as well as a rational recovery and re-use of the residuals of olive culture and olive mills in cultivation soils, with reduction of waste disposal costs.

In this project, IVALSA aims to improve production efficiency and cost of olive-growing, proposing amending cultivation protocols for agro-technological innovations and adaptation of crops to climatic change and simultaneously to protect the sustainability of the Tuscan olive tree system. It is planned the modernization of the plants according to already-tested farming methods which improve production competitiveness, even with the "varietal selection" of "typical cultivars of Tuscan germplasm" in complementarity and coherence to the strategies set by the regional, national and EU planning in the field of valuation of bioresources at risk of extinction, ensuring the presence on the market of virgin olive oil (single variety) with a high positive effect on human health. In addition, the IVALSA expects to maintain or improve the productivity of the olive through the application of innovative methods of irrigation scheduling in modern intensive systems that optimize water use efficiency and minimize water loss by evaporation, percolation in the deeper soil layers which are not affected by roots, water leakage of water transport systems, especially in the view of the announced climatic change.


Mauro Centritto
Anna De Carlo

[Last updated on: 22-09-2016]
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