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SoildiverAgro video is out!!

SoildiverAgro video is out!! Soil biodiversity enhancement in european agroecosystems to promote their stability and resilience by external inputs reduction and crop performance increase. Project funded by H2020. Watch it here?

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The Lusitanian region starts sowing wheat for the SoildiverAgro project

Last week farmers of the Lusitanian region starts sowing wheat for the SoildiverAgro project. These images are related to: Case study 3: Use of crop diversification and trap crops in potato fields to reduce the incidence of cyst nematode, decrease the use of nematicides, increase the crop yields and increase the soil biodiversity. Case study 5: Implementation of the Decision Support Systems (pest alert system) to reduces the use of fungicides in potato and wheat crops and their impact in biodiversity.…

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SoildiverAgro regional meeting for the boreal region

All Finnish partners of the SoildiverAgro project held an online meeting via MS Teams on 7th May to celebrate a Regional meeting. The objective of the meeting was to discuss and change information between project members about the current situation and ongoing tasks in the project. There was a lively discussion about the knowledge transfer between SDA community and farmers since there is a need for research-based knowledge for example of the effects of tillage practices and usage of cover…

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Ghent students get to know Soildiveragro

On the 27th of April 2021, a visit to ILVO Plant Sciences Unit was planned by the students from the University of Ghent, Belgium, following the course ‘soil ecology’. Unfortunately, due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the excursion was replaced by an online meeting via Teams. Eighteen students participated at the event, where they learned about the organisation of the ILVO Plant Diagnostic Centre (https://www.ilvodiagnosecentrumvoorplanten.be/nl/) and about the research projects, like SoildiverAgro, investigating soil fauna (https://ilvo.vlaanderen.be/nl/onderzoeksprojecten). Especially soil processing…

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SoildiverAgro WP3 discussion group meets next week to discuss about samples analysis framework

Next week, 16th March from 10-12 AM, the WP3 discussion group will assemble during an online meeting to discuss about the framework concerning data analysis. Some of the main points will focus on: Filling in the metadata file Data collection for downstream analysis Data analysis how? who? Publication strategy The main objective of WP3 is to determine the current status of the soil biodiversity across Europe in relation to climate conditions, soil characteristics, cropping and agricultural management systems. The results…

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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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Regional meeting for Case study 10 related to potatoes at Continental Region

The Regional meeting will be celebrated next tuesday 19th and is organized by the SoildiverAgro partners FlächenAgentur Rheinland GmbH (FAR) and Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut (TI). Farmers, who are involved in CS10, and other stakeholders are invited. After an introduction they will discuss details regarding establishment and management in CS10, which will be established at spring this year. The objective of this case study titled Biocontrol of soil-borne phytopathogenic fungi by fungivorous soil fauna communities in potato and carrot cropping…

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New discussion group at Boreal region

Next Tuesday 19th of January between 1 and 3 p.m.  our finish partners Luke is holding a discussion group with at least 10 farms and project members involved in WP3 to discuss about the preliminary results focused on the fungal community composition and earthworm diversity in soil samples obtained in autumn 2019 from 20 different field plots of the boreal region.  Boreal region coordinator Krista Peltoniemi and senior scientist Visa Nuutinen are giving brief presentations about the results and after…

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