Soils need a sufficient supply of organic material to improve or maintain soil quality. Organic residues such as crop residues and grass clippings come from agriculture, horticulture and nature reserves. These can be used for soil improvement through various techniques and processes.
ILVO investigates how nutrients and organic matter from waste streams can be recycled to the maximum extent, for the benefit of soil quality and as plant food.
Green management residues
The Bi-o-ptimal@work project investigates how management residues such as heather and pitrus clippings can be used for soil improvement.
Soil improvement with organic fertilizers
Main research questionLarge-scale agricultural production, which is often accompanied by the use of heavy machinery, results in an increased risk of soil compaction.
Prevention and remediation of soil compaction
News | 28/05/2020
In-depth knowledge of soil pathogens in greenhouse soil offers opportunities for IPM
In the intensive greenhouse cultivation of butterhead lettuce, the correct identification of soil pathogens and newly acquired insights into their potential to damage crops can help the lettuce plants to grow well but with fewer chemical treatments
News | 01/02/2019
Soil compaction: prevention and remeditation
News | 22/06/2021
Biochar should replace potting soil in strawberry cultivation: "A much more sustainable soil improver"
Biochar should eventually replace conventional potting soil in an ecologically responsible way.
News | 25/05/2020
Fertilization and disease control via soil bacteria?
Main research questionCarboSeq is an internal research project of EJP SOIL. Carbon sequestration in soils is a negative emission technology that contributes to climate change mitigation.
Soil organic carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils in Europe
News | 23/08/2021
Residual soil cleaned and returned to the field?
Decontamination of residual soil from potatoes and root vegetables to make it free of nematodes and the weed called chufa or yellow nut sedge, as well as setting up a pilot plant at a processing plant: these are the goals of the follow-up project to "Restaarde Circulair".
News | 01/10/2019
Persistent soil compaction under arable fields and grasslands
Compaction of agricultural soils is not only increasing but is also a complex problem. ILVO and partners are going to investigate in the next 4 years how soil compaction can be remedied sustainably and which measures are economically and also practically feasible.
Main research questionIn CLIMASOMA we investigate what the existing scientific literature can teach us about the role of soil management on hydrological and biological soil functions and the resilience of crop production to climate change within specific pedo-climatic contexts.
CLIMAte change adaptation through SOil and crop MAnagement: synthesis and ways forward