SoilCare is curating a special issue of Land, entitled: "Soil Improving Cropping Systems for Sustainable and Profitable Farming in Europe."

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In this Special Issue, we aim to compile scientific findings on soil-improving cropping systems (SICS) based on field experiments, including the study of policy, upscaling and dissemination. We invite papers focussing on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • best practices for alleviating soil threats and improving soil quality based on long and short term experiments;
  • methodologies for comparing SICS across study-sites and countries;
  • policy development, upscaling of possible solutions, stakeholder involvement and dissemination of SICS.

A major challenge for the future is to combine both the profitability and sustainability of agriculture. The European H2020 project SoilCare, aims to identify, test and evaluate soil-improving cropping systems (SICS) which contribute to the implementation of agricultural solutions across Europe. The project includes 16 study sites distributed across Europe. Each study site implemented short term experiments during the duration of the project and most also ran long term experiments comparing the soil quality as a function of different treatments such as soil amendments, tillage, cover crops, nutrients, organic matter inputs. In addition, eight work packages assess different aspects encompassing reviewing the soil-improving cropping systems, the participatory analysis of implementation and selection, methodology and analysis, upscaling at the European level, policy analysis and support, and dissemination and communication. In this way SoilCare works on providing a holistic approach to soil quality, spanning from biophysical to human interactions at different scales.

Guest Editors:

Prof. Dr. Guido Wyseure
Prof. Dr. Julián Cuevas González
Prof. Dr. Jean Poesen

Manuscript Submission Information

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