The Chair of the Environment of the General Foundation of the Universidad de Alcalá and the aromatics cultivation company of Guadalajara, Hnos. Corral Manzano, have signed a collaboration agreement for the use in their fields of two bioproducts designed by the Chair within the framework of the European project Lignobiolife.
Lignobiolife produces, from forest waste, wood vinegar, a natural herbicide that would replace in certain applications the controversial glyphosate, increasingly rejected internationally, and Biochar, a soil improvement that lasts hundreds of years on the ground. During the two years that the project has been in operation , the effectiveness of both bioproducts has already been tested and will now be used in the famous lavender fields of the Alcarria, with the aim of seeking greater sustainability in the plantations.
In addition, along with wood vinegar and Biochar, the Chair is also studying 'bio-betumen', a natural bitumen for asphalt. All these products are the result of the Lignobiolife project, in which partners from Spain and Portugal are participating, including forestry companies and local action groups, such as ADASUR (Association for the Local Development of the South Alcarria of Guadalajara), promoter of these agreements and its objective is to promote the creation of biorefineries in these project target areas that allow these natural products to be put on the market and that can be useful for pest control, agriculture and more sustainable works.