Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details

    Description

    Knowledge regarding the complex interplay between agricultural land use and management and soil quality and function is fragmented and incomplete, in particular with regard to underlying principles and regulating mechanisms. The main aim of iSQAPER is to develop an interactive soil quality assessment tool (SQAPP) for agricultural land users that integrates newly derived process understanding and accounts for the impact of agricultural land use and management on soil properties and functions, and related ecosystem services. For this purpose, >30 long-term experimental field trials in the EU and China will be analysed to derive regulating principles for integration in SQAPP. SQAPP will be developed using a multi-actor approach aiming at facilitating social innovation and providing options to land users for cost-effective agricultural management activities to enhance soil quality and crop productivity. SQAPP will be tested extensively in 14 dedicated Case Study Sites in the EU and China covering a wide spectrum of farming systems and pedo-climatic zones, and rolled-out across the continents thereafter. Within the Case Study sites a range of alternative agricultural practices will be selected, implemented and evaluated with regard to effects on improving soil quality and crop productivity. Proven practices will be evaluated for their potential applicability at EU and China levels, and to assess the related soil environmental footprint under current and future agricultural trends and various agricultural policy scenarios. How the soil quality tool can be utilized for different policy purposes, e.g. in cross compliance and agro-environmental measures, will also be investigated and demonstrated. A comprehensive dissemination and communication strategy, including a web-based information portal, will ensure that project results are available to a variety of stakeholders at the right time and in appropriate formats to enhance soil quality and productivity in the EU and China.
    AcronymiSQAPER
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/05/1530/04/20

    Research Output

    Effects of plastic mulch film residues on wheat rhizosphere and soil properties

    Qi, Y., Ossowicki, A., Yang, X., Huerta Lwanga, E., Dini-Andreote, F., Geissen, V. & Garbeva, P., 5 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Hazardous Materials. 387, 121711.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Assessment of promising agricultural management practices

    Barão, L., Alaoui, A., Ferreira, C., Basch, G., Schwilch, G., Geissen, V., Sukkel, W., Lemesle, J., Garcia-Orenes, F., Morugán-Coronado, A., Mataix-Solera, J., Kosmas, C., Glavan, M., Pintar, M., Tóth, B., Hermann, T., Vizitiu, O. P., Lipiec, J., Reintam, E., Xu, M. & 3 others, Di, J., Fan, H. & Wang, F., 1 Feb 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 649, p. 610-619 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)

    Biogenic transport of glyphosate in the presence of LDPE microplastics: A mesocosm experiment

    Yang, X., Lwanga, E. H., Bemani, A., Gertsen, H., Salanki, T., Guo, X., Fu, H., Xue, S., Ritsema, C. & Geissen, V., 1 Feb 2019, In : Environmental Pollution. 245, p. 829-835

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Datasets

    Metabarcoding of nematode communities for soil quality evaluation

    Bongiorno, G. (Creator), Bodenhausen, N. (Creator), Bünemann, E. K. (Creator), Brussaard, L. (Creator), Geisen, S. (Creator), Mäder, P. (Creator), Quist, C. (Creator), Walser, J. (Creator), de Goede, R. (Creator), Wageningen University, 22 Jun 2019

    Dataset