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2020.12.29 | Events

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 | Research news

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 | Research news

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 | Knowledge exchange

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 | Knowledge exchange

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 | Knowledge exchange

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.

Forage production in Flevoland, photo by Edsger Teenstra

2020.10.27 | Knowledge exchange

High-skilled contract workers in sustainable soil management

Contract workers have more to offer than just driving their machinery. As they have an experience-based understanding of local conditions, they are a valuable source of information for most farmers. By shifting the focus from machinery to a service, contract workers could support sustainable soil management.

2020.10.27 | News from the management

Welcome to the EJP SOIL Ethics Board

The Ethics Board is composed of five independent specialists in ethics and legal matters relevant for the implementation of EJP SOIL. The board is selected based on expertise in ethics and legal matters, their independence from EJP SOIL beneficiaries and their interest in the scope of the EJP SOIL.

From left to right – upper row: Chair  Prof. dr. Katharina Helming, Vice Chair: Dr. Bram Moeskops, Dr. Elena Havlicek, Prof. dr. Giuseppina Crescimanno, Dr. Edoardo Costantini, Prof. dr. Taskin Oztas, Prof. dr. Pete Smith, Dr. Carmen Vela Olmo, Prof. dr. Steven Van Passel, Prof. dr. Eva Lini Wollenberg, Ronald Vargas, M.Sc.. Lower row: Prof. dr. Pandi Zdruli, Prof. dr. Barbara Baarsma, Dr. Deborah Bossio, Dr. Rainer Baritz, Dr. Kirsten Dunlop, Edgars Linde, B.Sc., Nenad Peric, M.Sc, André Leu, B.Sc., Dr. Rolf Sommer, Patrick Worms, M.Sc.

2020.10.08 | News from the management

Welcome to the EJP SOIL Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides independent advice to the EJP SOIL strategic research roadmap. The members are active at international level and have a broad vision of the challenges facing agriculture, food and environment. The Board members are experts in a diversity of disciplines, creating a board composed of scientific experts and representatives…

Soil profile investigation of clay loam Endocalcary-Endohypogleyic Cambisol. This soil type is located in the North part of Lithuania. Soil is productive by origin, heavy textured, with neutral pH, while hard to manage. Tillage timeliness is a crucial factor to get good crop establishment. Photograph by assoc. prof. Jonas Volungevičius (LAMMC).

2020.08.13 | Research news

Lithuanian political outlook on the development of soil sustainability

Practical results from EJP SOIL will be a baseline for politicians to draw up the guidelines for future economic development and for the creation of legislative processes. It is of paramount significance to know what soil resources are available and what can be expected from potential soil productivity.

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Future events

Thu 28 Jan
09:00-13:00 | Virtual event - Per invite only
EJP SOIL - EU Policymaker Workshop
Strengthening the science to policy interface – meeting policy needs now and in the future. ½ Day Workshop
Wed 10 Feb
13:00-15:30 | Virtual
Final meeting of the H2020 CIRCASA
Kick-starting the work of an International Research Consortium (IRC) on soil carbon sequestration in agriculture to support and help coordinate international research and innovation in this field.
Tue 24 Aug
17:31-17:33 | Geneva, Switzerland
Eurosoil 2020: Connecting people and soil - Postponed to the second half of 2021
The Eurosoil 2020 organisers have been closely monitoring and analysing the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the worldwide impact of this pandemic.