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Soil science gives our dirt a second life

2016.01.13 | Research news

Horizon magazine, the European Union’s Research and Innovation Magazine, has now published the article ‘Soil science gives our dirt a second life’ which features work on the SmartSOIL project

Agra Europe article announces launch of SmartSOIL toolbox

2015.11.03 | Research news

SmartSOIL Toolbox is launched. This new online toolbox aims to support farmers, advisers and policy makers in identifying management practices that are optimal for between crop productivity, soil quality and soil carbon storage. It provides an interactive decision support tool (SmartSOIL Tool), FactSheets, Real Life Cases, Videos, Policy options…

Farmer from Denmark, Bjarne Hansen is interviewed by Peter Woodward. Click on photo to enlarge

Successful SmartSOIL Project Final Conference

2015.10.06 | Research news

The SmartSOIL project final conference took place on 30th September 2015 at the Halles des Tanneurs in Brussels. Around 100 participants representing policy-makers, farmer unions and advisory organisations, researchers, NGOs, Member States and regional authorities, researchers and farmers attended the day-long event.

SmartSOIL publications and documents

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    The project SmartSOIL (Grant Agreement N° 289694) is co-funded by the European Commission, Directorate General for Research & Innovation, within the 7th Framework Programme of RTD, Theme 2 – Biotechnologies, Agriculture & Food.

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    Welcome to SmartSOIL

    SmartSOIL focuses on arable and mixed farming systems in Europe and will develop an innovative approach using the soil C flow and stocks concept to assess the impact of C management on crop productivity, soil organic C (SOC) stocks and other ecosystem services.

    SmartSOIL will develop a decision support tool (DST) to enable farmers, advisors and policy makers to discuss and select the most appropriate and cost-effective practices for particular farming systems, soils and climates - in a smart way (SmartSOIL).


    Linking soil functions to carbon fluxes and stocks

    Changes in soil C contributes to the GHG balance (positively or negatively). Soil C affects soil functioning and thus productivity. These issues are not (fully) incorporated in farm management practices, policies or incentives for agriculture.

    See presentation by Jørgen E. Olesen from the EGU conference in Vienna, 28 April to 2 May 2014 here

    Soil organic matter - Does it matter?

    One of the topics in SmartSOIL is to explore the effects of long-term versus short-term addition of organic matter to the soil. In a long-term experiment, experimental plots have been treated with various inputs of soil organic matter in the form of straw. In the SmartSOIL project, in some plots this practice has been stopped whereas in other plots without straw addition, this has now been added. On top of both types of treatments, different rates of nitrogen is added of short- versus long-term carbon input on crop nitrogen supply and nitrogen use efficiency.


    Aarhus University

    Jørgen E. Olesen
    Dept. of Agroecology, Climate & Bioenergy
    Blichers Allé 20
    8830, Tjele

    Direct phone: +45 87157778

    Mobile phone: +45 40821659