Resuscitation: giving the farmer's land a second chance

Soil: the living, breathing, bio-diverse skin of the Earth, is a living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals and humans. The loss of fertility of our soil is one of the most critical issues facing our food system. Patches of land as big as entire nations are lost every year to soil erosion.

The aim of the Resuscitation project is to study and promote a global approach of agriculture as a healthy, dynamic yet stable ecosystem. The goal is the revitalisation of soils and increase the fertility index of the soil itself. The methods repopulate the soil’s natural live inhabitants to self-sustainable diversity levels, and apply rotation of species to further increase the carbon content -a key player in the soil’s health system- naturally.

“We need to ensure farmers have the right understanding and guidance to improve the health of our soils.”
Soil is an extravagant ecosystem: plants and other life species interact in synergy, that is often neglected and overlooked by industrial agriculture. Tsilla Boisselet wants to overcome the obstacles with respect and integrity of the environment first. Turns out some plants can act as bio-machines. Biodiversity can be restored and the ecosystem life-cycle restarted with the right combination of plants. Local insects or worms partner in resuscitating the soil, creating a second chance for the land to become naturally fertile, again.

“Like a truffle is formed when the mushroom grows with a partner tree, there are things only possible when you combine the right partners” –Tsilla Boisselet

Help give the farmer’s land “a second chance”

We are looking for people, schools, companies, organizations, with funds or in-kind contribution or bring skills for the design of prototypes, test experimental information systems and create usable laboratory spaces on real scenarios such as land, nurseries and agronomy research facilities to move this project forward.

One area of interesting ideas so far is the creation of “Lab Kits” that target each problem for growers and the interested population to understand the land, be able to select suitable seeds for plant grouping resulting in better crops with fewer chemicals added.

Are you a programmer? Resuscitation is in the first phase of creating the Cluster Simulator: an interactive, microorganism database with catalogue of plant categories, their ecological partners, the possible-combinable partnerships. Reliable data to establish an ecosystem-based method to conceive cultivation, should be flexible, adaptable, and extend to an open-source database where users can input experiments as new data.

On the horizon. What’s ahead?

The "Lab Kits" and each location where someone becomes part of the experiment, become a source of data and the plants themselves become living "data banks". Each new test location reports soil health diagnostic, restoration rate, monitoring and simulation system. Eventually, leading to a concept like an online network of people and organizations collaborating to have a better garden, healthier farms, more fertile land.

Tsilla Boisselet; leader of the Resuscitation project, studied Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry, has one PhD in Natural Sciences and one PhD in Geology. She is passionate about nature and fascinated where science meets all the other human fields of activity, making her realize the direct impact humans have over the present environment.

For expression of interest and support, ideas, suggestions, questions about donations or in-kind contributions, please use the contact form on this blog or email directly to

More details on the project click here .... >>

OpenCare Community Fellowship Program

Have you imagined alternatives for better medical and social care? Are you involved with care related initiatives in your community? Or, maybe you have open source or DIY solutions for patients or caregivers? We want to hear from you.

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Join the process of building the OpenVillage!

The OpenVillage Festival is a highly participatory festival showcasing working solutions and demos produced by community members, as well as pathways for working together towards their sustainability. It will take place in October 2017 (exact dates and location TBD) and represents the culmination of the OpenCare 18 month research that involves hundreds of original initiatives.

Who can participate?

Anyone with a story of an open and participatory project of health/social care, who is interested in online and offline collaboration for social good.

What you will get if selected:

  • You will be working with the Edgeryders team towards the OpenVillage event happening in October 2017.
  • A bursary appointment: Up to 15000 Euro to reimburse your working time, distributed on the basis of winners’ financial needs to fine-tune your initiative.
  • A travel budget: Up to 5000 Euro, to be authorized in advance by due justification.

Where do I start?

to read more about the application procedure, selection criteria and the timelines, click here >>>

Our New Fellow, Marek Oropallo

We are delighted to announce an addition to our Fellow Program, Marek Oropallo. Marek will join the BioDynaMo Modeller team.

The BioDynaMo is a collaboration between CERN, Newcastle University, Innopolis University, Kazan Federal University, and Intel to design and build a scalable computing platform for advancement in neuroscience.

Marek Oropallo is a graduating student in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Bologna.  His studies include Applied Mathematics and Cognitive Sciences with an interest primarily in Neuroaesthetics and Biosemiotics - and, of course, brain simulations.

He had worked in collaboration with the Neurology unit of the Hospital of Modena, on the Parkinson’s project where he focused on visual/motor coordination and the cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease. Though this project didn’t go further past the initial stage it did give birth to early cognitive testing procedures in Parkinson’s disease.

Marek has followed the foundation and its projects from the sideline with deep curiosity eventually leading to collaboration. After reading the publications he wanted to participate. Through several discussions, it became evident his contribution would be useful, and the synergy would be effective.

The BioDynaMo Collaborators at CERN- 2016
Photo Source: CERN-openlab

Looking Forward

Marek will be working on the model validation which is paramount to the overall development of the system.  This is a long-term effort in the field of biological simulation to build a scalable model of the brain. This open-source brain simulation platform will allow new possibilities to analyze the human brain and designed to help advance neuroscience.

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing science. This will help gain insight into developing new treatments for brain disease and computing technologies and opens countless possibilities to analyze the human brain.

Marek’s interest in the brain and its complexity stems from an early age, so the opportunity to be part of this team is logical. He is extremely fortunate to pursue this field with the best and most advanced possible tools.

With roots in Philosophy, he had this to share regarding where he obtains his inspiration.

The awareness that biomedical research, when done with full commitment could truly have a beneficial effect on people’s health, it’s not just something that I love, but is a deep moral obligation too.”

In the rare moments when Marek has actually a bit of free, quiet time he delves into a relevant read in his field. With a deep passion for sports, he is currently in preparation to participate in the Ironman competition. For now, the full focus remains on this project and bring it to realization.

We will be following up with Marek and sharing the developments of the project. Please Share, Subscribe, follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date! 

Maria Simonetti | March 2017

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