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LIFE IP URBAN KLIMA 2050 is the largest climate action project in Basque Country for the next years and will demonstrate the effective and well-coordinated implementation of the KLIMA 2050 climate strategy in our territory. The project considers the urban settlements as the core for CC adaptation. One of the objectives is citizens’ empowerment for long-term engagement in environmentally responsible behaviours and healthier lifestyles. In this respect, our role in the project will be to take part in the design of a methodology for the creation of a platform for citizen science. This platform will include measurements from our Soil Health Cards, a tool that allows to evaluate the health of soil ecosystems in general and agroecosystems in particular, thus being able to monitor the evolution of the case studies of the project and choose those management alternatives that prove to be more sustainable from the point of view of the mitigation and adaptation to CC.

You will find more information about the project here


Documentary on antibiotic resistance

We have taken part in the recording of a documentary on antibiotic resistance for the Teknopolis programme of ETB. EHU/UPV, BC3 and Neiker-Tecnalia have joined forces in a pioneering research that studies the problem from different perspectives: environment, climate change, agriculture and livestock. Teknopolis has explained how resistance emerges and why it spreads, the solutions proposed by the experts and how each of us can do our bit.

In Basque: Lehen bideoa Bigarren bideoa

In Spanish: Primer vídeo Segundo vídeo


Design of a soil monitoring network for the Basque Country

It is increasingly recognized that soils provide multiple benefits to people, the environment and the economy, and that healthy soils are fundamental for achieving them. Soil functions include providing food, fibre and fuel, decomposing organic matter and recycling nutrients, distributing rainwater, etc. However, the soil resource and the functions it provides are constantly threatened by a wide range of risks at different scales, from local issues such as inadequate management, local pollution and erosion, to global issues such as air pollution and, of course, climate change. Furthermore, it is reasonable to assume that these risks will continue or intensify in the coming decades.

The state of soils needs to be monitored to see how they are changing and to understand the pressures on them. Soil monitoring networks can be described as: “A purpose-built set of sites to document changes in soil characteristics through periodic assessment of a broad set of soil parameters”. The use of custom-built soil monitoring networks is the most effective way to reliably assess temporary changes in soil status at the territorial level. Soil quality monitoring networks have been in operation in many European countries for years; the LURSARE project, funded by IHOBE, aims to fill this gap in the Basque Autonomous Community. In this sense, it is initially proposed to address a design phase of a soil quality monitoring programme, selecting the sampling points, depth(s), sampling frequency, soil properties to be determined, methodologies, etc.

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Final degree works using simple soil field measurements

In collaboration with Arantza Aldezabal of the University of the Basque Country, we are co-directing the final degree works of June and Olatz, on the influence of the management of valley bottom cattle farms on soil health. SMEG is particularly interested in testing new simple field measurements (e.g., bait-lamina test, Solvita, a self-designed soil respiration test, soil nutrient measurement kits, different organic matter estimates, macrofaunal taxonomic assignments). These measurements will be validated with standard laboratory tests. Let’s go for it!

Effect of biostimulant formulations on soil microbial parameters

We have started a collaboration with the company Ceres-Biotics, which works on the development of biostimulant formulations for agriculture.
Neiker’s work in collaboration with Ceres-Biotics will be to test the effect of different inoculations on soil health, through the measurement of a variety of parameters related to the activity, biomass and diversity of soil microbial communities. General parameters will be measured, but also specific parameters related to the potentiality of the strains under study.

Children´s workshop in Food Fashion Festival Bilbao

Have you ever thought about what might happen if we don’t take care of the soils around us? Soils that are not healthy cannot produce food, do not have biodiversity and cannot fight climate change. And how does a healthy soil differ from an unhealthy soil? In this workshop we gave at the Food Fashion Festival Bilbao children became scientists to analyse different types of soil and discover how healthy they are and what they can produce.

Agreement with the Centre for Environmental Studies from Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)

We have recently signed an agreement with the Centre for Environmental Studies from Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) to carry out research on the recovery of degraded and contaminated sites around the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). We will focus our research on the design and implementation of phytomanagement strategies to recover soil functionality and the provision of essential soil ecosystem services in degraded sites around the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz.

TEDx talk on antibiotic resistance

Carlos Garbisu gave a TEDx talk in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain ( on the well-known problem of the dissemination of antibiotic resistance among bacteria. He focused his talk on the need to carry out research on Microbial Ecology to better understand the behaviour of bacteria in their natural environment, so that we can then design more effective strategies to fight bacterial pathogens and, alternatively, to learn from the incredible metabolic capacities found in the bacterial world.