Soil erosion is a major problem in the hilly regions of southern Flanders, and will become even more important as a result of climate change. Erosion has agricultural, social and environmentally negative consequences. ILVO is investigating which cultivation measures can counteract the risk of erosion.
What is erosion?
Soil or water erosion is the process by which soil particles are loosened and displaced by impacting raindrops or runoff water. This can cause the soil to wash away superficially or in gullies, and in extreme conditions can even create ravines.
In the hilly regions of southern Flanders, the risk of soil erosion is greatest.
News | 11/03/2020
Counteracting coastal erosion with natural reefs?
News | 24/02/2017
Stopping erosion in leeks cultivated on ridges
In order to prevent the runoff of water, fertile soil, fertilizers and pesticides in ridge crops on erosion-prone plots, the key is to roughen the soil in the intermediate ridge as much as possible in order to increase the infiltration capacity.
Main research questionThe GOMEROS-project investigated how growing vegetables and maize can be successfully done under the new erosion regulations (Pillar I of the CAP), so that crop yield and quality are maintained while erosion is also effectively controlled.
GOMEROS - Reducing water erosion in maize and vegetables cropping systems in support of cross-compliance.
News | 23/03/2018
Source-based erosion control techniques in vegetables and maize
In GOMEROS, ILVO and partners are investigating erosion control in the cultivation of vegetables and maize. They are investigating which cultivation techniques are effective.
News | 25/02/2020
Preventing erosion in vegetables and maize: 4 years of GOMEROS
GOMEROS conducted 4 years of research on erosion prevention in vegetables and maize by testing different cultivation techniques
News | 17/12/2019
Source directed erosion control techniques in vegetables and maize - final report
We investigate how the ecosystem functions, that promote dune development and that provide the most important ecosystem services in the coastal zone, namely vegetation development, aeolian sand transport and dune erosion, as well as their mutual interactions, are influenced by the use of alternative sand sources.
Further, these perennial crops provide ecosystem services like soil organic carbon accumulation, biodiversity and erosion control. Moreover, mixes of grass and red clover or lucerne have a excellent drought tolerance.
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