Main research questionWith the long-term view of fostering synergies between crop production, biodiversity and the delivery of ecosystem services of local, regional and global relevance, the main objective of the SoildiverAgro project is the adoption of new management practices and cropping systems.
Soil biodiversity enhancement in European agroecosystems to promote their stability and resilience by external inputs reduction and crop performance increase.
productivity, resilience and competitiveness of European Animal Production, Improve and manage resource use to reduce waste and enhance the environmental sustainability of European Animal Production and Improve on-farm practices to enhance consumer acceptability and address societal challenges associated with animal welfare, product quality and safety, biodiversity
Sustainable cultivation systems and techniques that promote agrobiodiversity are tested and promoted.
ILVO performs extensive research on how to help plants manage diseases and pests. ILVO has experts on fungi, viruses, bacteria, insects, mites and nematodes.
These are highly needed to maintain food security, meet the growing demand for industrially used biomass and at the same time maintain a healthy environment, natural habitats and biodiversity. In the course of 2018, the cofunded call was launched and closed, which was the first call for research projects.
Relevance/ValorizationFor biodiversity, nature and for the existing local plant production area, it is very important to develop an effective monitoring program for non-European true fruit flies, taking into account the international phytosanitary guidelines ("ISPM 6 Surveillance").
The results of these bioassays, laboratory and field trials allow for evaluation of nutrient dynamics, enhanced soil health and evaluation of overall soil biodiversity.Relevance/ValorizationOne of the key deliverables of the project is a series of guidelines for the different materials produced in relation to the best application practices for an effective
News | 11/05/2018
How do crop yield, ecosystem services and biodiversity influence each other?
First and foremost, combating and adapting to climate change, and further, sustainable agricultural production, the provision of ecosystem services, the prevention and restoration of land and soil degradation and the preservation of biodiversity. For Flanders, ILVO is a partner and the Department of Environment and INBO are linked third parties.
With a well thought-out approach, agroforestry offers distinctive opportunities to respond simultaneously to numerous challenges: increasing the business profitability and resilience, maximizing climate mitigation and adaptation, creating opportunities for other links in the chain, and helping to preserve and protect biodiversity and natural resources.The
Healthy soils not only lead to healthy and productive crops, they also provide numerous additional ecosystem services such as climate regulation, richer below- and above-ground biodiversity, better water management, etc.
nutriëntenHerbergen van bodembiodiversiteit met zijn bijbehorende functiesA (healthy) soil provides numerous ecosystem services:Production of food, feed and raw materialsStoring carbon (climate mitigation)Infiltration of water during heavy rainfall (climate adaptation)Buffering water against drought (climate adaptation)Retention and release of nutrientsHosting soil biodiversity