SIMASEED - Protecting biodiversity in Sicily-Malta Natura2000 sites through Seed Banks and population reinforcement

 Project in Numbers

Duration: 44 months

Start Date: 01.03.2018

End Date: 27.10.2021

 Partner N.: 4

Project progress:

Total Budget: 1.806.877 €
ERDF Contribution: 1.535.846 €

SIMASEED addresses the issue of the progressive loss of terrestrial biodiversity threatened by multiple factors such as climate change and anthropic pressure

The project contributes to halting the loss of terrestrial biodiversity and to promoting a model of sustainable cross-border development, improving the conservation status of wild flora and promoting the use in environmental restoration and in the nursery sector

The project realizes the repopulation of about 40,000 plants belonging to 20 different species representing the Habitat Natura 2000

Expected Results:

4 sq. Km of Natura 2000 sites involved with actions for the terrestrial biodiversity repopulation

Project will initiate a plants repopulation and a collection and conservation of typed seeds within 3 banks

Project activities will realize:

400 wild species seeds collected and stored

20 germination protocols

40000 sprigs of 20 targeted species produced

12000 wild orchids produced

20 plant species identified through DNA barcoding

3 seed banks (two existing and one properly created)

Project Lead Partner:

Università degli Studi di Catania - Dipartimento di Scienze biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali

Project Partners:

University of Malta - Argotti Botanic Gardens and Resource Centre

Regione Siciliana - Dipartimento Regionale Sviluppo Rurale e Territoriale

Ministry for Gozo Eco - Gozo Regional Development Directorate



    Progetto SiMaSeed – Giornata mondiale della biodiversità




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