Sustainable production of forest regeneration mate.. (REGEN-FOREST)
Sustainable production of forest regeneration materials for protection against climate change
Start date: Jan 1, 2012,
End date: Dec 31, 2013
"Forests play a crucial role in regulating the global climate and are also a vital resource for many countries. Forests are an important global resource that human populations depend on for wood, air quality, recreation and many other usesThe Regen-Forest project objective is to Introduce a new technology for production of forest regeneration materials built on sustainable production in a cost efficient and environmental friendly mobile unit. The environment in the unit will not be affected by outdoor climate and the light source will be based on specific Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).The results to be achieved to reach the project objective are to:- Identify suitable LED light spectrum regarding several important forest species in Europe by extensive tests in conventional growth chambers.- Develop protocols for optimal growth of respective species.- Develop suitable LED equipment.- Define characteristics of the mobile production unit in regard to technical performance and growing environment.- Construct a mobile production unit based on these characteristics.- Exploit the project results in EuropeThe new LED-integrated technology will make a drastic change to state-of-the-art in forest nursery production for reforestation purposes: apart from being more cost efficient and improving the sustainable management in the production of forest crops, it will also contribute to the environmental protection through a noticeable energy saving by adopting the LED technology, and consequent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions; moreover, since the LED lamps do not produce additional warming, there will be further energy saving by reducing the air conditioning costs.The creation of a mobile production unit that uses the LED lamps is a challenging task; however the RTD performers have all the competence needed to meet this challenge in close cooperation with the SMEs."
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