The objective of Pythosudoe  was to make advances in the management pf degraded and contanimated areas and their rehabilitation using phytotechnologies which promote soil biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and the sustainable use of resources. 

A network of contaminated and/or degraded field sites covering various pedo-climatic zones was established, and different phytomanagement options were implemented and monitored for improvements in soil quality and functionality. The project carried out technical workshops and summer schools in order to raise awareness and know-how of implicated stakeholders (public authorities and governmental groups, environmental and conservation organisations, the general public, scientific community, industrial sector and end-users).

The project was structured around 7 working packages, 4 technical packages (WPs) and 3 transversal groups (WP.Ts):


Technical working packages (WP)

WP1: Characterisation and risk assessment of currently contaminated or degraded sites and implementation of suitable phytomanagement options.

WP2: Characterisation and assessment of biodiversity in relation to phytomanagement options.


WP3: Exploring prospects of functional diversity “engineering” to improve phytomanagement efficiency.

WP4: Recovery of key ecological functions in phytomanaged sites providing vital ecosystem services.

Transversal WP.T:

- Project management.

- Project communication.

- Project monitoring and evaluation.

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Project Partners 

  • Instituto de Investigaciones Agrobiológicas de Galicia (IIAG), Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (IIAG-CSIC), Spain
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), Spain
  • NEIKER-Instituto Vasco de Investigación y Desarrollo Agrario, S.A. (NEIKER), Spain
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France
  • Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC), Portugal
  • Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Vitoria-Gasteiz (CEA), Spain 
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa(UCP-CRP), Portugal

  • Universidad del País Vasco / Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV/EHU), Spain

  • Universidade de Aveiro (UAVR), Portugal

  • Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia, I.P. (LNEG), Portugal


Associated Partners 

  • Centro de Valoración Ambiental del Norte, S.L. (ES)
  • Viveros Eskalmendi, S.L. (ES)
  • Basoinsa, S.L. (ES)
  • Sociedad Pública de Gestión Ambiental
  • IHOBE (ES)
  • Biocompost de Álava (ES)
  • Mairie de Bordeaux (FR)
  • Lyonnet S.A. (Ets Joseph Lyonnet) (FR)
  • Instituto Politécnico de Beja (PT)