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Students in the field visit to till formation. Photo by Jennie Barron

2021.03.04 | Research news

Survey on soil science in higher education shows desire for stronger cross European collaboration

The EU has realized the importance of strengthening research and capacity in soil science to meet both global and local challenges in sustainable and climate smart soil management. However, only 10% of higher education institutes have dedicated soil science departments. Building the human capacity will therefore be critical.

Soil excursion in nice condition. Photo by Stéphane Burgos, HALF

2021.03.04 | Research news

Next generation of soil scientists in Switzerland – recognizing challenges and finding solutions

Nurturing a hands-on approach to find practical solutions to current soil challenges. Given the growing realization of the importance of soils, soil science education in Europe is steadily growing and becoming a stand-alone science.

Training under “I’m protecting my future” project. Photo by Fatih Akcan.

2021.03.04 | Research news

The role of education in sustainable soil management in Turkey

Raising awareness through training and education is crucial to achieving sustainable soil management. If measures, actions and plans are not based on sound education, success cannot be achieved for sustainable soil and land management.

Figure 1: Experiment performed at “El Cerrito-Requena” experimental field (CSIC) to assess mulching-induced benefits on soil quality and vine performance in semi-arid vineyards.

2021.03.04 | Research news

Agricultural soil challenges in Spain: overcoming existing barriers for the implementation of sustainable practices

Spain has a great diversity of agricultural soils due to large variations in climate, geology, land uses, and crops. Soil loss is of particular concern in most of its territory, along with N-related pollution caused by inadequate farming procedures. Several sustainable practices have been proposed to tackle those challenges and public policies may…

Photo: Aeres university of applied sciences

2021.03.04 | Research news

The value of engaging students in soil research is underestimated

Engaging students in research projects strengthens the link between the sector and education, changes the project dynamics and provides the opportunity to update the educational system.

Florian, Dean and Isabella take samples of compost at GRAND FARM. Photo: Rebecca Hood-Nowotny

2021.03.04 | Research news

Visiting GRAND FARM - Witnessing how crucial soil is for our survival

GRAND FARM makes use of the environment and co-exists with owls, earthworms and trees. An organic farm, contributing to finding of solutions and sharing of results and experiences while improving the supply of healthy food and the protection of soils. By: Isabella Gehken and Dean Jordanski, summer interns at the Institute of Soil Research, BOKU,…

2021.03.01 | Research news

Pre-Announcement of 2nd EJP SOIL internal Call for proposals

EJP SOIL pre-announce the upcoming 2nd internal call for joint research projects, with an allocated budget of maximum 30 M€. The call will open from 01.04.2021 with a closing date for proposals on 31.05.2021.

Photo: DCA, AU, Denmark

2021.02.17 |

New research projects will develop climate smart sustainable management of agricultural soils

Management of agricultural soils is becoming a key aspect in the fight against climate change and its consequences. A new research effort comprising ten trans-European research projects will support the development of climate-smart and sustainable management of agricultural soils.

2021.02.08 |

List of potential AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES that ECO-SCHEMES could support

The CAP is instrumental in managing the transition towards a sustainable food system and in strengthening the efforts of European farmers to contribute to the EU’s climate objectives and to protect the environment. Eco-schemes are a new instrument in the CAP to support this transition. Member States will set eco-schemes in their CAP strategic…

2020.12.29 |

The new EU Soil Observatory – EJP SOIL willing to contribute with strong member state engagement

In the light of World Soil Day, the EU Soil Observatory was launched on 4 December 2020, emphasizing and highlighting the importance of soil. The new EU Soil Observatory will be a dynamic and inclusive platform that will provide information and data needed to safeguard soils to the European Commission and the broader soil user community.

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