PGSB Research Cluster Meeting – Agricultural sustainability by closing the nutrient cycle: wastewater to algae to soil to plant

PGSB Research Cluster Meeting – Agricultural sustainability by closing the nutrient cycle: wastewater to algae to soil to plant

31 August, 2020

A virtual meeting via Video conference between German – Palestinian researchers was held on 06 August 2020 for research cluster, the meeting was attended by:

  • Dr. Steven Calahan, FZ-Julich, Germany

And from Palestine, the attendees were:

  • Dr. Rami Arafeh, PPU
  • Dr. Momen Sughayer, PPU
  • Dr. Nawaf Abu Khalaf, PTUK
  • Dr. Zaher Barghuthi, NARC
  • Dr. Aziz Barguthi, Al-Quds Open University
  • Dr. Amer Kanan, Al-Quds University (Abu-Dies)
  • Dr. Mazen Qumsiya, BU

The research cluster, aims the establishment of a connecting Palestinian and German scientists in the project  " Closing the nutrient cycle: waste water to algae to soil to plant ", The main goal of this project is to establish a platform between Palestinian and German scientists in the research theme of algae. Using algae culture system called “Algal-Turf-Scrubber”,

A several approaches will be followed: 

  • Survey algal isolates from different natural fresh water sources in Palestine and study their behavior and biomass productivity with ATS system
  • Additions and modifications on the ATS system to increase efficiency and productivity (involvement of engineering department)
  • Wastewater treatment and reduction of water pollution by the ATS
  • Using and evaluation of the produced algal biomass from ATS as a biofertilizer

Algal based biofertilizer is expected to decrease the reliance on chemical fertilizers, improve plant health and productivity and provide the plants with major or macro nutrients. 

Dr. Rami Arafeh will be mainly the leader of the project in Palestine, the duration of the project is at three years, and the Palestinian researchers will prepare the road map of the project, that is mainly necessary to engage M.Sc. and Ph.D. students for this research project.
 

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