Soil Care for profitable and sustainable crop production in Europe

Project: Research

  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Alterra-DLO)
  • Birmingham City University
  • KU Leuven
  • University of Gloucestershire
  • University Hohenheim
  • Research Institute for Knowledge Systems
  • Technical University of Crete
  • Joint Research Centre
  • University of Bern
  • Milieu LTD
  • Bioforsk Soil and Environment
  • Bodemkundige Dienst van België
  • Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Teagasc
  • SoilCares Research
  • Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra
  • National Research and Development Institute for Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Environmental Protection
  • University of Padova
  • Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Wageningen University, Holland
  • University of Pannonia
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Kongskilde Industries A/S, 4180 Sorø
  • Project Maya
  • Crop Research Institute
  • University of Almeria
  • Fédération Régionale des Agrobiologistes de Bretagne
  • Scienceview Media B.V.
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Description

European crop production is facing the challenge to remain competitive, while at the same time reducing negative environmental impacts. Currently, production levels in some cropping systems are maintained by increased input (e.g. nutrients and pesticides) and technology, which masks losses in productivity due to reduced soil quality (Reeves 1997; Jones et al. 2012). Such increased use of agricultural inputs may reduce profitability due to their costs, while also negatively affecting the environment, both due to unsustainable use of energy and resources in producing inputs (Rockström et al., 2009) and as a consequence of their application. The quality of agricultural land is also threatened by human action, leading to, often subtle and gradual, physical, chemical and biological degradation of the soil (Attard et al. 2011; Cassman 1999; Gasso et al 2013; Sapkota et al. 2012). This includes soil threats such as erosion, compaction, salinization, soil pollution, loss of organic matter and loss of soil biodiversity. Soil improvement is necessary to break the negative spiral of degradation, increased inputs, increased costs and damage to the environment (Sørensen et al. 2014).
AcronymSOILCARE
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/03/201628/02/2021

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