Work Packages

 

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EU

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India

WP1: Valorization, treatment and reuse of agrofood industry wastewaters

Objective:

Development of integrated processes for the treatment and valorization of wastewaters heavily loaded in BOD/COD and nutrients, resulting from biomass treatment processes (e.g., food processing, biorefineries), leading to the obtainment of (a) effluents suitable for irrigation purposes, (b) nutrients originally occurring in the treated wastewaters (to be employed in land fertilization) and (c) valuable chemicals (e.g., organic acids, bioplastics (PHA) and/or alcohols),originally occurring in the wastewater or obtained by dedicated biotransformation processes of the wastewater organic matter.

WP1: Agro-food industry wastewater valorization and reuse

Objective:

To develop and demonstrate integrated treatment processes for agro-food industry (bio refinery) effluents targeted at (a) recovery (direct or after conversion) of economically useful components from agro-food industry/bio refinery wastewater and (b) production of treated water suitable for irrigation purposes.

WP2: Innovative municipal wastewater bio-treatment for agricultural reuse

Objective:

WP2 is designated for developing innovative biotechnologies for the treatment of municipal wastewater aimed at producing water suitable for reuse in agriculture. Its specific objectives are to develop new and sustainable solutions based on technological as well as plant-based (i.e., “close to nature”) systems (i.e., constructed wetlands) to obtain effluents with adequate quality for irrigation, thus inducing further specific management options. Such solutions will be particularly suited for decentralized applications at small communities and/or villages. Sludge production minimization and pathogens monitoring will be also targets. Some of the developed treatments and processes will be tested at the field scale.

WP2: Municipal wastewater bio-treatment and reuse

Objective:

Selection and optimization of fungal consortium for reclamation of wastewater / wasteland for use in agricultural systems.

WP3: Efficient water use in Irrigated Agriculture

Objective:

Adapt advanced water saving irrigation technologies and strategies to water use and reuse at field scale

  • Provide low and high tech, multi-functional solution tailored for field scale agriculture
  • Further develop, test and adapt actual evapotranspiration, Eta and soil water sensor technologies relevant for treated waste water, TWW reuse problems
  • Increase water use efficiency and productivity as a step forward towards a better local green economy
  • Modelling the impact of the proposed irrigation technologies and strategies on crop, soil and groundwater at field scale
  • Assessment and benchmarking of the opportunities of water saving at field and basin scale.

WP3: Agricultural water management

Objective:

  1. Baseline characterization of five benchmark sites with respect to climate, soil, crops and irrigation
  2. Increase water use efficiency through efficient irrigation systems, strategies and improved agronomic practices
  3. Assess the impact of waste and low quality water on crop produce, soil and groundwater quality
  4. Validate simulation models for assessing water use efficiency in the targeted production systems
  5. Build capacity of community and stakeholders in increased saline wastewater use efficiency through integrated agro-aqua farming system.

WP4: Improving WUE and drought tolerance of maize, sorghum, millet and tomato via genomics approaches and modelling

Objective:

This workpackage will (i) identify and evaluate major QTLs influencing WUE and drought tolerance for biomass production in cereals and for root architecture in tomato; (ii) produce genetic materials and knowledge useful for the improvement of WUE and drought tolerance at field level through genomics-assisted approaches, (iii) provide elements for modeling growth and biomass production as well as for optimizing the choice of the species and genotypes to be grown in typical European and Indian cropping systems under rainfed and irrigated conditions.

WP4: Development of water efficient crop varieties

Objective:

  1. Cross-species comparison for biomass production and water use efficiency in maize, sorghum, pearl millet and tomato
  2. Better understanding of mRNA and smRNA transcriptome of sorghum and pearl millet
  3. Mapping and characterization of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for drought tolerance related traits in maize, sorghum, pearl millet and chickpea
  4. Improving drought adaptation using marker-assisted breeding and trait-based selection approaches in maize, sorghum, pearl millet and chickpea
  5. Capacity building on NARS in research on drought adaptation of crops and integrated breeding for drought adaptation.

WP5: Identifying business opportunities and integration of solutions

Objective:

  • To identify the existing knowledge level relating to the project objectives and knowledge gaps of the key stakeholders that should be bridged.
  • To facilitate a transdisciplinary co-creation process and identification of business opportunities to
    increase the use of biotreatment technology and water saving technology in irrigated agriculture
  • To stimulate the cross-fertilization and knowledge transfer between the individual work packages and activities in Europa and India
  • To evaluate and optimize the proposed combinations of biotreatment and waste water reuse from a perspective of supporting green growth.

WP5: Enabling green growth using water treatment and reuse innovations

Objective:

  • To identify boundary conditions and perspectives for enabling green economy
  • To facilitate a trans-disciplinary co-creation process and identification of agri-business opportunities to increase the use of bio-treatment
  • To stimulate the cross-fertilization and knowledge transfer between the individual work packages and activities in Europe and India
  • To evaluate and optimize the proposed combinations of bio-treatment and wastewater reuse from a perspective of supporting green growth.

WP6: Dissemination and technology transfer

Objective:

  • To identify and convey the local businesses demands to the project’s consortium
  • To convey the technology developed within the project to the local businesses
  • To disseminate and exchange the experience between India and Europe on: advancing Green
  • Economy in cooperation with EBCT and the use of new technologies and models for efficient water
    use in agriculture.
  • To disseminate project results to EBCT, the scientific and wider public community, ensuring
    maximum use of the project results by a broad audience (scientists, policymakers, planners)
  • To provide tailor made capacity building program to train users on the new technologies and
    approaches for efficient water use in agriculture.
  • To disseminate the project results to wider communities through workshops, conferences and open day visits to pilot sites.

WP6: Dissemination and technology exchange

Objective:

  • To disseminate local entrepreneur demands within the projects
  • To disseminate technology offers to entrepreneurs
  • To disseminate and exchange the experience between India and Europe on advancing Green Economy in cooperation with EBTC
  • To disseminate project results to EBTC, the scientific and wider public community, ensuring maximum use of the project results by a broad audience (scientists, policymakers, planners)
  • To provide tailor made capacity building to support the identification of green Growth solutions.

WP7: Management and Coordination

Objective:

  • To co-ordinate and supervise, jointly with the Indian consortia, activities to be carried out;
  • To carry out the overall administrative and financial management of the project;
  • To manage the Grant Agreement with the European Commission and the Consortium Agreement;
  • To manage the Coordination Agreement with the Indian consortium;
  • To manage the foreground generated by the project and eventual associated IPR;
  • To manage contacts with the European Commission;
  • To monitor the timing of project activities;
  • To establish effective internal communication procedures.