SoildiverAgro is organized around 8 Work Packages which are defining the main technical activities to be implemented around 6 geographical areas where 15 case studies will be performed to better understand how soil organism’s benefits can be applied to improve resource uptake, plant growth development and health. The case studies are organized around 3 different crops (potatoes, wheat and vegetables) in mono and diversified cropping systems. The information extracted from the field case studies will create new knowledge about the beneficial effects of genetic and functional soil biodiversity (micro and macro organisms) on crop production, contributing to the establishment of soil biodiversity targets and proposes for integrating soil biodiversity into farming practices.
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List of case studies:
Use of soil biodiversity to reduce soil-borne diseases/pests incidence and increase nutrient availability in potatoes cropped in multiple cropping and rotations. Mediterranean South (Spain).
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. Lusitanean (Spain).
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. Lusitanean (Spain).
Cover crop mixtures: a promotor of soil biodiversity in potato crops? Atlantic Central (Belgium).
Testing different sources of green manure for wheat production. Atlantic Central (Belgium).
Plant diversity is tested to promote soil intrinsic self-regulating processes and to enhance fungivorous soil fauna communities in wheat-cropping systems. Continental (Germany).
Increase of soil biodiversity through amendment of forest based organic material in potato crops. Boreal (Finland).
Use of catch crop in farmed potatoes fields. Boreal (Finland).
Use of soil biodiversity to increase nutrient and water availability and reduce soil-borne diseases incidence to increase wheat yields. Mediterranean South (Spain).
Use of mycorrhiza in potato fields to reduce the incidence of common scab, decrease the use of phosphorus fertilizers, increase the crop yields and increase the soil biodiversity. Lusitanean (Spain).
Contrasting soil management strategies to improve soil quality while minimizing external input of P in potato crops. Atlantic Central (Belgium).
Intensive versus extensive versus vegetable organic farming. Atlantic Central (Belgium).
Biocontrol of soil-borne phytopathogenic fungi by fungivorous soil fauna communities in potato and carrot cropping systems. Continental (Germany).
Control of phytopathogenic fungi via direct identification and the influence of pesticides use on communities of soil fauna in organic and conventional potatoes cropping systems. Nemoral (Estonia).
Contrasting continuous plant cover with inversion tillage in wheat fields. Boreal (Finland).