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Fertility Building Management Measures in Organic Cropping Systems– FertilCrop

Funding: CORE Organic Plus Funding Bodies, being partners of the FP7 ERA-Net project CORE Organic Plus.

Project coordinator: Dr. Andreas Fliessbach, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland

Deputy coordinator: Dr. Jørgen Olesen, Department of Agroecology - Climate and Wate, Aarhus University, Tjele, Denmark

Duration: 2015–2017

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The project "Fertility Building Management Measures in Organic Cropping Systems"- FertilCrop will address sustainable crop management techniques that will make efficient use of the interface to other plants, to the structured and stratified soil matrix, to beneficial microorganisms, and to the carbon and nitrogen cycle. The project is funded in the framework of CORE Organic Plus. More ...

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FertilCrop Technical Notes available in Slovenian

 

The Technical Notes "Decomposition study using tea bags" and "Weeds as soil bioindicators: How to sample and use data" from the FertilCrop project are now available in Slovenian. They were translated by the Inštitut za trajnostni razvoj in Ljubljana,...

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New app released to monitor soil health

 

SOILapp, a smartphone application intended to monitor soil health, has just been released. It allows observing soil conditions and, in particular, forecasting the effect of fertilization and other agronomic practices on the soil’s physical, chemical...

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New FertilCrop Technical Note: Earthworm sampling

 

This technical note shows various methods to sample, measure and interpret earthworms, which are key organisms and indicators of soil quality, and also link to the productivity of an ecosystem. The higher the earthworm density and diversity, the...

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New video by University of Florence explains spade test in Italian

 

Agroecologist Luca Conte gives a practical explanation of how farmers, advisors and researchers can use the spade test to assess soil structure at field scale. This video provides an audio-visual practical guide to explain the main steps of the spade...

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FertilCrop Technical Note available in French

 

The Technical Note "Decomposition study using tea bags" from the FertilCrop project is now available in French. It was translated by the Chambre d'agriculture d'Alsace in Schiltigheim, France.

It can be downloaded from the Organic Eprints archive.

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FertilCrop Technical Notes are now available in Spanish

 

The three Technical Notes from the FertilCrop project

  • Examining root nodule activity on legumes
  • Weeds as soil bioindicators: How to sample and use data
  • Decomposition study using tea bags

are now available in Spanish. They were translated by our...

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New FertilCrop Technical Note: Weeds as soil bioindicators: How to sample and use data

 

This technical note shows how weed species can be used as indicators of soil conditions that are either linked to soil characteristics (such as soil pH or texture) or to soil management (such as water logging, lack or excess of nutrients,...

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New FertilCrop Technical Note: Examining root nodule activity on legumes

 

The symbiotic partnership between bacteria and legumes is vital for the supply of biologically fixed nitrogen to soil and plants in organic cropping systems. Perennial clovers in a dense grass clover ley may contribute more than 200 kg nitrogen (N)...

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New FertilCrop Technical Note: Decomposition study using tea bags

 

Comparing the decomposition of green tea as a fast-decomposing material with rooibos as a material, which is difficult to break down, allows for the calculation of the tea bag index. This provides information on the capability of the soil as a living...

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