5th plenary iSQAPER meeting
The 5th plenary iSQAPER meeting will be held from Tuesday 11 June – Friday 14 June, 2019 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting will be held at Biotechnical Faculty of University of Ljubljana located at Jamnikarjeva ulica 101, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia. The meeting includes a one day field trip to the experimental field plots of the University. Matjaž Glavan will act as our host. Login and pdf Travel information (995 KB) is available and registration for this meeting is possible.
Pesticide residues in European agricultural soils – A hidden reality unfolded
A new article published has been published in "Science of The Total Environment" about pesticide residues in European soils. The highlights of this paper are :
- 76 residues of pesticides were analyzed in 317 EU agricultural topsoils.
- 83% of the soils contained 1 or more residues, 58% contained mixtures.
- 166 different mixtures were identified.
- Predicted concentrations of individual residues were occasionally exceeded.
- The combined effects of residue mixtures need to be assessed.
The article is open access and the authors are: Vera Silva, Hans G.J. Mol, Paul Zomer, MarcTienstra, Coen J.Ritsema, and Violette Geissen
"The industrialization of agriculture increased the crop yield, but more and more the negative side of this boom. 2.000 pesticides with 500 different chemical substances are used in the European Union. Which effects do they have on soil health?" The documentary about the research on pesticides of Wageningen University starts with this introduction. Violette Geissen and Esperanza Huerta, who works on the Diverfarming project, talk about pesticides and the negative impacts of it on the soil health.Watch this video here.