WOODNAT Project: Second generation of planted hardwood forests in the EU

WOODNAT Project: Second generation of planted hardwood forests in the EU

Promoted by: Horizon H2020. Innovation Action (IA), GA 728086. Period: 2016–2020.

European society and regulations demand sustainable and profitable forest management which enhance the utilization of the entire forest resources. Innovative solutions are needed to deal with efficient and sustainable wood production from economic and ecological point of view.

WOODNAT consortium is composed of 9 partners (8 of them are companies), located in 5 European countries, which collaborate on the optimization of the wood products value chain in walnut plantations. In WOODNAT Project, ECM is developing forestry technological tools which range from the beginning of the plantation to the final harvest at the end of the rotation. Among them, Stumps Biological Degradation, through saprophytic mushrooms, is highlighted as a natural, sustainable and environment-friendly alternative solution in the latest management step of the walnut wood forests.

ECM Ingeniería Ambiental’s role in WOODNAT project is focused on three objectives which target the different phases of walnut stand development: 1) improving the quality of the walnut plantations and their growth in the preliminary stages through mycorrhization with specific walnut mushrooms species and bacteria, 2) improving the profitability of the plantations growing different strains of edible or medicinal fungi species and 3) establishing Stumps Biological Degradation methodology with Pleurotus ostreatus, Lentinula edodes and Trametes versicolor to eliminate the stump in the latest stages of the plantation.