Assessment of promising agricultural management practices

Lúcia Barão, Abdallah Alaoui, Carla Ferreira, Gottlieb Basch, Gudrun Schwilch, Violette Geissen, Wijnand Sukkel, Julie Lemesle, Fuensanta Garcia-Orenes, Alicia Morugán-Coronado, Jorge Mataix-Solera, Costas Kosmas, Matjaž Glavan, Marina Pintar, Brigitta Tóth, Tamás Hermann, Olga Petruta Vizitiu, Jerzy Lipiec, Endla Reintam, Minggang Xu & 3 others Jiaying Di, Hongzhu Fan, Fei Wang

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iSQAPER project - Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience - aims to develop an app to advise farmers on selecting the best Agriculture Management Practice (AMPs) to improve soil quality. For this purpose, a soil quality index has to be developed to account for the changes in soil quality as impacted by the implementation of the AMPs. Some promising AMPs have been suggested over the time to prevent soil degradation. These practices have been randomly adopted by farmers but which practices are most used by farmers and where they are mostly adopted remains unclear. This study is part of the iSQAPER project with the specific aims: 1) map the current distribution of previously selected 18 promising AMPs in several pedo-climatic regions and farming systems located in ten and four study site areas (SSA) along Europe and China, respectively; and 2) identify the soil threats occurring in those areas. In each SSA, farmers using promising AMP's were identified and questionnaires were used to assess farmer's perception on soil threats significance in the area. 138 plots/farms using 18 promising AMPs, were identified in Europe (112) and China (26).Results show that promising AMPs used in Europe are Crop rotation (15%), Manuring & Composting (15%) and Min-till (14%), whereas in China are Manuring & Composting (18%), Residue maintenance (18%) and Integrated pest and disease management (12%). In Europe, soil erosion is the main threat in agricultural Mediterranean areas while soil-borne pests and diseases is more frequent in the SSAs from France and The Netherlands. In China, soil erosion, SOM decline, compaction and poor soil structure are among the most significant. This work provides important information for policy makers and the development of strategies to support and promote agricultural management practices with benefits for soil quality.

LanguageEnglish
Pages610-619
Number of pages10
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume649
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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  • Farming systems
  • Soil threats
  • Sustainability

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Barão, L., Alaoui, A., Ferreira, C., Basch, G., Schwilch, G., Geissen, V., ... Wang, F. (2019). Assessment of promising agricultural management practices. Science of the Total Environment, 649, 610-619. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.257
Barão, Lúcia ; Alaoui, Abdallah ; Ferreira, Carla ; Basch, Gottlieb ; Schwilch, Gudrun ; Geissen, Violette ; Sukkel, Wijnand ; Lemesle, Julie ; Garcia-Orenes, Fuensanta ; Morugán-Coronado, Alicia ; Mataix-Solera, Jorge ; Kosmas, Costas ; Glavan, Matjaž ; Pintar, Marina ; Tóth, Brigitta ; Hermann, Tamás ; Vizitiu, Olga Petruta ; Lipiec, Jerzy ; Reintam, Endla ; Xu, Minggang ; Di, Jiaying ; Fan, Hongzhu ; Wang, Fei. / Assessment of promising agricultural management practices. In: Science of the Total Environment. 2019 ; Vol. 649. pp. 610-619.
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Assessment of promising agricultural management practices. / Barão, Lúcia; Alaoui, Abdallah; Ferreira, Carla; Basch, Gottlieb; Schwilch, Gudrun; Geissen, Violette; Sukkel, Wijnand; Lemesle, Julie; Garcia-Orenes, Fuensanta; Morugán-Coronado, Alicia; Mataix-Solera, Jorge; Kosmas, Costas; Glavan, Matjaž; Pintar, Marina; Tóth, Brigitta; Hermann, Tamás; Vizitiu, Olga Petruta; Lipiec, Jerzy; Reintam, Endla; Xu, Minggang; Di, Jiaying; Fan, Hongzhu; Wang, Fei.

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