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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 | Research news

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.

2020.12.16 |

FAO's launch of the 2020 report on soil biodiversity

State of knowledge of soil biodiversity - Status, challenges and potentialities

Students in field, SLU

2020.12.14 |

Survey on higher education in soil science:

Are you part of a Higher Education Institution and teach soil science? We need your contribution!

Crumb structure in soil rich in organic material & Unfavorable structure with angular aggregates and smooth surface. Source: Parc Natural du Pays des Collines (left) Agricultures & Territoires – Chambre d’Agriculture de Région du Nord – Pas de Calais (right).

2020.10.27 |

Belgian tyre producer partners with ILVO to further evolve and educate on anti-soil compaction tyres

With soil compaction being one of the biggest threats for agricultural soils both at present and in the future, and a problem that is not easily undone once it is there, there is an urgent need for soil management practices that prevent soil compaction as much as possible. This is why the Belgian branch of tyre and agricultural machinery producer…

Robotti seeding (left) and planting (right). Photo: AGROINTELLI

2020.10.27 |

Long-term investments in soil health require a change of mind-set and behaviour

Healthy soils and secure future food production is depending on long-term investment in soils. Generations have to collaborate. Investing in intelligent precision farming technology is part of the solution. However, the challenge lies in the need for a fundamental change of mind-set and behaviour to support the farmers who commit themselves to…

AgroKruh System. Photo by Anetta Vaculíková

2020.10.27 |

New technology for soil cultivation shows significant impact on soil properties for cultivating vegetables

The AgroKruh system represents an ecological way of cultivating soil in circles using a support arm with individual spading and irrigation equipment. The soil is not ploughed and turned, and the method has significant impact on soil properties that are important for cultivation of organic vegetables.

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