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
Soil Health Conference - World Soil Day
8h30 - Open doors
9h00 - Knowledge erosion about soilsHistorical research reveals that the very foundation of current agronomy may be more shaky than we thought Which promising fields of research were abandoned at the start of the 20 th century?
In Europe 60 70 of soils have been diagnosed as ‘non healthy’healthy’( 2020 Flanders is no exception The health of agricultural soils is crucial, not only for sustainable food production but also for the provision of ecosystem services A growing number of farmers all over the world demonstrate that it is possible to achieve rapid improvements in soil
Main research questionHow do adapted soil management practices, particularly mulching and reduced tillage, (beneficially) affect water evaporation, infiltration and retention, as an adaptation mechanism against extreme weather conditions, in the Flemish agricultural context? This research question gets an answer in Soilstruct.
Structured soil, climate-smart soil management
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 | 05/01/2023
Climate change and soil health
This video abstract introduces the paper entitled "Soil and crop management practices and the water regulation functions of soils".
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 | 22/08/2023
Determining soil health over time via 'microscopic soil life' indicator? PhD shows unexpected confirmation
During her PhD, ILVO-UGent researcher Lisa Joos analyzed a large series of soil samples from field experiments with different, known histories, using both chemical and DNA- and RNA-based methods.