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Two discussion groups on wheat and potatoe crops by UPCT

Next week our SoildiverAgro partner Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) will develop two discussion groups focused on new sustainable practices on wheat and potatoe crops. It is expected to be an exchange of experiences and opinions between farmers, researchers, specialist technicians, expert staff in public administration or suppliers. It will be held in spanish and through Teams platform. You can join here: 15th September at 18:00h (Potatoe discussion group) 16th September at 18:00h (Wheat discussion group) Proyecto SoildiverAgro: GRUPO DE…

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Antwerpen trial visit on organic leek experiments

On the 12th of August our SoildiverAgro partner Proefstation voor de Groenteteelt from Antwerpen succeeded to welcome some farmers for a trial visit on their organic trial field. The epidemic makes these difficult, but in small groups of only three farmers at a time, wearing a mask, it was possible to guide the interested farmers through the experiments. The visit included all trials on their organic trial field that started this year in June with the experiments, when the leek…

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Arable farming a success debate at the second Belgian discussion group

The Belgian partners of SoildiverAgro organized a second discussion group with stakeholders on the 30th of June. This time for the Flemish case studies that included arable crops. The name of the event was: “Discussion group: soil life and soil quality in arable farming”. Due to the corona crisis this was still in digital format. We used our experience of the first digital event to make also the second discussion group a success. Fifteen participants with different profiles and backgrounds…

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Succesfull online discussion group in Flanders about extensification of vegetable production

SOILDIVERAGRO Belgium partners organized a discussion group with stakeholders last 19th May in a digital format due to the corona crisis. Even there was no previous experience in developing such a type of format, and it was an uncertain sucess at the begining, the event exceded expectations. Fourteen people from different profiles and backgrounds take the change and participate on the debate. Between them, many researchers with different expertise attended, next to i.a. policy officers, industry advisors, and even a…

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New dates for discussion groups at Belgium

Belgium partners started spreading invitations for discussion group for the SoildiverAgro project. Date & location: the event is planned for May 19th 2020 (in replacement of the cancelled one end of March). Location is online.  Invitations were spread to a wide public in Flanders (growers, advisors, government officers, researchers,… more or less linked to vegetable cultivation) by e-mail. Interested people who cannot attend are invited to share their thoughts by e-mail or phone. A description and overview of the trial…

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Sustainable agriculture from the perspective of soil biodiversity, by Krista Peltoniemi

A recent research project responds to concerns over weakened soil biodiversity. The objective of the SoildiverAgro project of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) is to protect soil biodiversity and fertility by developing cultivation methods. The EU-funded research project covers six geographic regions, ranging from Finland to the Mediterranean. Click here to continue reading.

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SoildiverAgro brochures available!!

SOILDIVERAGRO just launch brochures with project information in all project languages. You can see here the English version here.      Download in other languages: Spanish, Galicien, Flemish, German, Czech, Estonian, Finish and Danish.

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Online regional meeting SoildiverAgro partners in Belgium

The Belgian SoildiverAgro´s partners celebrated an online regional meeting on 18th March to overview and take decissions about the action plan focuss on the impacts of soil biodiversity on crop production and other ecosystem services. During this meeting a power-point presentation was presented. This presentation provided an updated overview of the planning of this activity, data gathering, setup, coordination and reporting. The update was based on the new agreements obtained during the workshop held in Brussels (28 Jan 2020) with…

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First discussion groups at Belgium (Cancelled)

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…

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