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Theme day Water and soil in outdoor vegetables

On the next 9th of August our partners from Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt (PSKW) will organize a Theme day related to water and soil in outdoor vegetables that will include a guided visit to one of the SoildiverAgro case studies: Intensive versus extensive versus vegetable organic farming. Atlantic Central (Belgium). The visit will be hold in Dutch and it will start on the organic field (Muilshoek 1, Sint-Katelijne-Waver) followed by a visit to the conventional trial field (Duffelsesteenweg 101, Sint-Katelijne-Waver).…

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11th February International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The proportion of women in science worldwide is less than one third. With the “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”, the United Nations wants to draw attention to the importance of promoting women researchers at all career stages. “The world needs science and science needs women”, says Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO: “Humanity cannot afford not to use half of its creative potential”. From SoildiverAgro we have made a list of some interesting initiatives: https://www.un.org/en/observances/women-and-girls-in-science-day/ https://www.womeninscienceday.org/ https://womeninsoilecology.github.io/ https://500womenscientists.org…

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SoildiverAgro publishes an Ebook about Interactions between agricultural management and soil biodiversity: an overview of current knowledge

This Ebook provides a comprehensive analysis of several crop management systems that can improve crop production and quality while enhancing soil quality, using socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally friendly techniques that favour soil biodiversity (regarding both macro- and microorganisms). Each chapter will open and discuss a certain aspect of soil biodiversity. The importance of soil biodiversity is something that is often overlooked in the design of cropping systems. We often forget that soil biodiversity and its functional groups are…

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Soil sampling trip on SoildiverAgro Boreal case studies

SoildiverAgro boreal case studies in early potato fields continue studying the effects of catch crops and organic amendments on a soil sampling trip last week. The soil samplings of this experimental designs will be develop every autumn (most likely during September). Each year, the soil sampling will be carried out in the same date for three crop cycles. Case study 13: Increase of soil biodiversity through amendment of forest based organic material in potato crops (Finland)     Case study 15: Use…

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First SoildiverAgro regional meeting in Germany

The Horizon2020 project, SoildiverAgro, aims at organizing 5 regional meetings within the project lifetime to discuss in depth the case studies of each pedoclimatic region covered by the project. This first regional meeting took place in Germany last February 19th. It was organized by Stefan Shrader, Thünen-Institute (TI), acting as regional coordinator of the German SoildiverAgro stakeholders´ community. This meeting was done in collaboration with the company FlächenAgentur Rheinland GmbH (FAR), and also the non-profit organization Stiftung Rheinische Kulturlandschaft and…

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Finland hosts the first field visits

The first of the field days held in July was attended by about 75 farmers and advisors who analyzed cover and companion crops, organised by Tyynelä Farm. Participants performed several shovel tests in the field, to perform a simplified soil diagnosis. Soil specialists from University of Helsinki and local advisory oganization showed attendees how to perform a visual soil assessment for decision making. The project aroused great interest among the participants and actively discussed topics related to crop rotation, soil…

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