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The project

This project aims to trigger the reforestation of Cystoseira within the Cinque Terre and Miramare marine protected areas, where this taxon was present, as proven by museum and scientific literature records. Disappearance causes have been removed and the protection is guaranteed by the marine protected areas. The project involves the transplanting of Cystoseira cultured juveniles, with advantages in terms of time, costs and ecological impact.


Cystoseira plays a key role in marine conservation supporting biodiversity, food webs, and
sequestrating large amount of CO2. In the last decades Cystoseira was reduced in Mediterranean due to anthropogenic pressure. Cystoseira is under surveillance as vulnerable: the lack of adults producing recruits and limited dispersal capabilities of Cystoseira hamper natural recolonisation.

The consortium

The Consortium is  composed by experts in conservation, study and research, communication and dissemination, information technology and digital communication.

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Trieste in diretta ROC-POPLife Interview

03/07/2018 A new interview on Tele4 channel about the ROC-POPLife Project Talking about relevance of sea forest, cystoseira habitat and the sustainability of the protocol developed. During the Talk with Marco Stabile we highlighted all the steps of the project and the great value for the involved MPAs to restore this habitats. TRIESTE_IN_DIRETTA_ROC-POPLIFE  

ROC-POPLife on repubblica

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A new article on ROC-POPLife project was published in 28/06/2018 ” La biodiversità, nel Mediterraneo, come negli altri mari del mondo, è indice di ricchezza e di buona salute dell’ambiente. Lo sanno bene i biologi marini e i centri di ricerca delle università di Trieste e di Genova dove si sta concretizzando un ambizioso e […]

Open Day Area Science PArk

ROC-POPLife at OPENDAY Area Science Park

Saturday 16th of June in Area Science Park during the Open Day ROC-POPLife worked in the dissemination actions of the project. A full day of awareness to the great public to underline the role of science and scientist in the everyday life.

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