Soil organic matter content in Mediterranean regions

How can we improve soil organic matter content in the Mediterranean region in a cost-effective way? What new solutions for securing soil functionality and soil fertility can be proposed in this regard?


The final report of this Focus Group has been published.

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Tasks:

  • Comparing cost effective methods to build up soils naturally (chipped wood, bio char, mulching, direct sowing under cover crops, etc.) / compare different farming sources of carbon that improve soil organic matter content and identify practical factors (e.g. frequency, period and amount of application or the nature of organic matter);
  • Identifying and exploring cost effective factors that improve the benefits of applying exogenous sources of organic matter (e.g. frequency, period and amount of application or the nature of organic matter).
  • Assessing different cost effective crop rotation systems that lead to build up Soil Organic Matter content;
  • Comparing different methods to enhance Soil Organic Matter in arable crops and in permanent crops;
  • Listing factors or bottlenecks that may limit the use of the identified techniques / systems by farmers and summarise how to address these limiting factors.
  • Carrying out a gap analysis indicating where new solutions need to be found
  • Selecting priorities for further research actions.
  • Suggesting potential projects of practical operational groups and other project formats to test new methods for improving soil organic matter content.

Results:


Focus Group members:

Surname, first name

Profession

Country

Anastasiou, Dimos

Farmer; scientist

Greece

Aran, Miquel

Farm adviser

Spain

Balesdent, Jérôme

Scientist

France

Basch, Gottlieb

NGO; scientist

Germany

Biro, Borbala

Scientist

Hungary

Cardoso Gonsalves Mourão, Isabel de Maria

Scientist

Portugal

Costantini, Edoardo

Farmer; scientist

Italy

Dell'Abate, Maria Teresa

Scientist

Italy

Follain, Stéphane

Scientist; other

France

Gómez Macpherson, Helena

Scientist

Spain

Konsten, Carola

Farmer

Netherlands

Lloveras, Jaume

Scientist

Spain

Marques, Filipe

Farmer

Portugal

Martínez Gaitán, Carolina Clara

Scientist; agriculture organisation, industry or manufacturing

Spain

Mavridis, Avraam

Scientist

Greece

Neeteson, Jacques

Scientist

Netherlands

Perdigão, Antonio

Farmer

Portugal

Sarno, Giampaolo

Farm adviser; other

Italy

Theocharopoulos, Sideris

Scientist

Greece

Facilitation team
Hinsinger, Philippe Coordinating expert France
Blanco, Jorge
Task manager Spain

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