Our next Work Package Leader meeting will be held from 25 - 26 January, 2018 in Évora, Portugal . This meeting is organized by Gotlieb Basch and colleagues from the University of Évora. Meeting information regarding logistics can be pdf downloaded here (567 KB) .
December 5th is World Soil Day (WSD) and it is held annually as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. The Global Soil Partnership dedicated the WSD 2017 to the theme “Caring for the planet starts from the ground” This theme goes more or less hand in hand with the iSQAPER project initiative to enhance Soil Quality across Europe and China (watch short video about importance of soil quality). So, our soil forms the basis for the quality of life and therefore we want to put WSD 2017 and the iSQAPER project in the spotlights.
The iSQAPER project team.
" pdf Joining the dots - Soil health, agriculture and climate (8.68 MB) " is a briefing on Agricultural Policy in the EU, its role in soil protection - linking soil to land use related climate goals. Authors are Catherine Bowyer and Clunie Keenleyside
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Press release Wageningen University & Research, 16 October 2017
High levels of glyphosate in agricultural soil: ‘Extension of approval not prudent.’
There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently being discussed. One of the conditions of this is that the agent cannot have a negative impact on the health of people, animals and the environment. Yet, little attention has been given to the presence of glyphosate in agricultural soil as a result of the broad use of this agent in agriculture. A scientific publication written by an international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research has recently been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. This article contains the details of more than 300 soil samples taken from agricultural land in ten European countries.