How to PROtect Water, Soil and Plants production all togethER
Plants need light, heat, mechanical support, air, water and nutrients for growth, which can be assisted by other substances like herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides (i.e. pesticides). The main objective of the ProWsper project is to develop original, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions/products for protecting underground water and soil against nutrient and pesticide pollution while ensuring the well-balanced growth of plants (particularly, for greenhouses and small crop cultures).
The specific objective of the thesis will be the development of low-depth composite layers, containing innovative hydrogel-clay and/or hydrogel-silicate hybrids immobilized between two geotextile layers (having different permeation features), with the ability to block nutrient and pesticide migration into the soil depth and further into the underground water bodies.