Research Archive

Here is a selection of some long term projects carried out in the last couple of years by Sunseed volunteers. Since the starting of Sunseed in 1986 many projects has been carried out by students in University placements and long term volunteers however many of them are not digital.  It is an on going process for us to update scan the documents and add them to the website

Sunseed’s Mycorrhizal Project 2003-09

Sunseed staff and volunteers has been developing research about Mycorrizal during the past years in its base in Almeria, in the Drylands and gardens, as well as in Tanzania and Burkina Faso.  All this information you can Download here.

Ecobuilding – Caña/bamboo Bridge – 2011                        Volunteer Freedie Harries 3 months project for his MSc Leadership for Sustainable Development,  was to rebuild the Cana Bridge, using a natural and local material from the Valley, caña, a kind of bamboo, combining traditional and innovative techniques. You can download here his report.

Waste water System re-design – 2011/2012                     Ari Zwick worked on over 5 months on hydroponics and the study of Sunseed Waste Water System. He conducted a research for improving the efficiency of Sunseed current waste water system with the result of the document Hydroponics and Productive Use of Human Resources for his Intern Studies for an MSc in Environmental Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Soon will be available for download.

Carbon FOODprinting – 2012  Hanah Murphy made a research about Sunseed footprint in the food is consumed at Sunseed with the intention to offer more information to the project and the persons to Use the Tools to Make Sustainable Choices. Here you can find the results of her work.

Values of the Community- 2011  Hanna Schilar spent 3 months working in the community, observing and interviewing volunteers and staff members about their values to understand better what are the values of persons and communities. The results for her research for the University of International Tourism  and  Event Management will be soon available.

RetamaRetama Sphaerocarpa Taproot Encourage Nursery Study – 2012  The aim of this project was to develop a nursery trial to grow Retama Sphaerocarpa, with a low-cost mycorrhizal inoculum method, encouraging the vertical development of the taproot. Here you can find the results of the work. 2012 Retama Sphaerocarpa Taproot Encourage Nursery Study

DSC06733The initial phase of the refurbishment of the waste water system of the Sunseed’s Main House has finished. Here you can read the related documentation. 2012Apr Waste water system treatment assessment in the main house of Sunseed Desert Technology and 2013Mar Waste water system treatment assessment in the main house of Sunseed Desert Technology. Additionally, Sarka Voriskova has ellaborated a Summary of The waste water treatment system in Sunseed’s Main House 2013


If you would like to know more about these projects, please contact us.

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