Soils are essential for agricultural use. Appropriate EU-wide research activities are required for climate-adapted and sustainable management of agricultural soils. In the European Joint Project (EJP) Soil, topics are defined, research projects are tendered and coordinated, and the implementation of the results is ensured.
Soil is an irreplaceable resource and the basis for agricultural production of food and feed. In order to ensure the long-term use of soil, the EJP Soil project is developing and working on topics for applied research on the climate-adapted and sustainable management of agriculturally used soils. To this end, calls for proposals are issued for both internal research projects for consortium members and external research projects carried out jointly with external partners. The projects are evaluated, their implementation coordinated, the results summarized and communicated, and practical implementation ensured.
To date, 9 comprehensive reports and three policy briefs have been issued, as well as numerous newsletters and videos, 12 publications are published or in progress, and a special volume is in planning.
AGES Publication: Hendricks, S., Zechmeister-Boltenstern, S., Kandeler, E., Sandén, T., Diaz-Pines, E., Schnecker, J., Alber, O., Miloczki, J., & Spiegel, H. (2022). Agricultural management affects active carbon and nitrogen mineralization potential in soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, 00, 1- 16. https://doi-1org-1001616941f15.pisces.boku.ac.at/10.1002/jpln.202100130.
Benefit of the project
The project is directly related to the task set out in the Health and Food Security Act to safeguard soil as a basis for agricultural production. Through EU-wide cooperation, expertise in this area can be further expanded. As the research results are also implemented in practice, the sustainable use of agricultural soils is improved.
Project acronym: EJP Soil
Project management: Institut National de la researche Agronomique (INRAE)
Project management AGES: Dr. Andreas Baumgarten
Project partners: 26 partners from 24 countries
Funding: EU funding program - Horizon 2020 - EJP SOIL
Project duration: 09/2019 to 08/2024
Projects within the framework of the EYP
i-SoMPE: Innovative Soil Management Practices across Europe.
Innovative soil management practices (SMPs) and farming systems aim to improve ecosystem services to minimize threats to soil and safeguard agriculture in a changing climate. There is a lack of a comprehensive inventory of management practices and their ability to achieve multiple objectives such as improving agricultural production, ecosystem services, and biogeochemical cycles. Using a survey approach, i-SoMPE captures these innovative agricultural practices.
CarboSeq: Soil organic carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils in Europe
SOMMIT: Sustainable management of soil organic matter to mitigate trade-offs between C sequestration and nitrous oxide, methane and nitrate losses
MaxRoot-C: Optimizing roots for sustainable crop production in Europe - pure cultures and cover crops
ProbeField: A novel protocol for robust in field monitoring of carbon stock and soil quality properties based on proximal sensors and existing soil spectral libraries
EOM4Soil: External organic matters for climate mitigation and soil health
SERENA: Modelling soil functions and soil threats for mapping soil functions and ecosystem services
Last updated: 06.03.2023