JRC News

  1. 12 Jan 2016

    A recently published JRC article maps the potential threats to three categories of soil biodiversity(namely soil microorganisms, fauna and biological functions) in the EU, and gives guidelines for identifying soils that are potentially at risk.

  2. 15 Dec 2015

    The report ‘Sols et environnement - Chiffres clés" (Soil and Environment - Key Figures 2015), recently published by the French Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy, includes a number of JRC maps on landslides and soil erosion.

  3. 23 Nov 2015

    In a Comment published in Nature today, JRC scientist Luca Montanarella calls for a voluntary international agreement to protect soil from erosion and degradation through a reinvigorated Global Soil Partnership.

  4. 26 Jun 2015

    The 3rd annual Plenary Meeting of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from the 22 to 24 June 2015 in Rome, Italy, endorsed a concept note on developing Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Management of Soil Resources (VGSMS).

  5. 24 Jun 2015

    The JRC hosted a very successful awareness-raising event with an EU exhibit on soil at this year’s 4-day Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, which was attended by a record-breaking number of visitors. The exhibit showcased soil-related issues in Scotland and Europe in an informative and engaging manner, and made a real contribution to the International Year of Soils.  Feedback from the Commissioner Hogan, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, was extremely positive.


  6. 12 Jan 2015

    The JRC authored a chapter of the recently published Soil Atlas 2015, which was produced by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), and Le Monde Diplomatique.

  7. 1 Jan 2015

    On 20 December 2013, the 68th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted a resolution which declared 2015 the first ever International Year of Soils (IYS).

    The IYS 2015 aims to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions. It was officially launched on 5 December 2014, the first official UN World Soil Day.

    The specific objectives of the IYS 2015 are to:

  8. 28 Nov 2014

    JRC scientists published a joint study on the use of metabarcoding to characterise soil biodiversity.

    The paper presents the opportunities and challenges of this relatively new methodology, and proposes solutions to facilitate its common application.

  9. 18 Nov 2014

    The JRC’s Soil Atlas of Latin America and the Caribbean was recently presented to the wider soil science community of Latin America in Cuzco, Peru, at the XX Latin American Congress of Soil Science. It was very well received by all present as a very valuable awareness-raising product and contribution to the improved assessment of the soil resources of Latin America.

  10. 5 Nov 2014

    The JRC recently released a map providing the most updated picture of topsoil organic carbon (OC) content at the European Union scale. This map was built to answer the increasing demand for accurate soil organic carbon data for global environmental and climatic modelling. As the greatest terrestrial carbon pool, soils play a key role in climate change regulation processes.