Soil Quality app demonstrated at SOIL HORIZONS workshop
Our soil quality app (SQAPP) was brought to the attention of participants of the "SOIL HORIZON - soil quality and soil functions workshop" (26 August, 2019). During this workshop functions of our soil quality app were demonstrated to stakeholders in different small groups. Different locations in Europe were used as showcases and the abilities were discussed with the workshop members. The demonstration panel consisted of: Luuk Fleskens, Marie Wesselink, Aleid Teeuwen, Pim van den Berg, Giulia Bongiorno, and Klaas Oostindie. A photo impression of this workshop (Photographer Guy Ackermans) can be found here: Photo Gallery (Guy Ackermans)
Looking below the surface to improve the quality of soil
The iSQAPER project was put into the spotlights as a success story through a website of the European Commission. They stated that the iSQAPER project has launched a mobile app (SQAPP) to advise farmers and land managers on how they can preserve and improve the health of their soil. The SQAPP’s tailored, cost-effective recommendations make it particularly innovative. Besides, the app generates a score (%) that rates the soil's potential for improvement. This, and more can be read here.
Aspects of pesticide residues explained in a video
Researcher Vera Silva discusses, in an exploratory video, several aspects of the use of pesticides. Throughout Europe a lot of samples were analysed on pesticide residues. These samples were analysed for around 80 different compounds in each of them. More than 80% of agricultural soils in Europe were contaminated with pesticides residues. She reported that they identified the most contaminated areas. Besides, the video pays attention to problems a vineyard owner has to deal with and it shows also sustainable alternatives.You can watch the video here.