On the 30th and 31st of March, our Belgium partners IV-ILVO, INAGRO and PKSW will organise two meetings with the discussion groups on soil biodiversity and soil quality.

A rich soil life is important for good soil quality, which in turn determines healthy plant growth. However, there are still many questions about this soil life. The SoildiverAgro project wants to gain more insight into this and is conducting research into which new practices and cultivation systems improve the genetic and functional biodiversity of the soil. The discussion group wants to gather experiences and feedback from interested agricultural and horticulturalists, policy makers, researchers and advisors. In addition, this discussion group will also serve to disseminate the research results. You are invited to both discussion groups to discuss about the field experiments to be organised in order to solve the most important problems faced by farmers during crop production and healthy soil management.

Location and agendas


  • Date: 30 March 2020: PSKW, Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt, Duffelsesteenweg 101, 2860 Sint-Katelijne-waver, Belgium
  • Date: 31 March 2020: Location: Inagro, Ieperseweg 87, 8800 Rumbeke-Beitem, Belgium


18:00 Reception with sandwiches
18:30 Introduction about the SoildiverAgro project
18:45 Main bottlenecks and solutions related to soil in vegetable growing/arable farming

Results of a survey by growers, advisors, researchers, …

Discussion of the results

19:45 Break
20:00 Experiments and research in SoildiverAgro

Submission of experimental design: impact of practices on soil life

Consultation and assessment of the following practices: Green cover crop mixture, Tillage practices, Weed control and Fertilization practices

Plenary discussion and feedback

21:15 Final conclusions
21:30 Reception and networking

See invitation on Dutch