JRC News

  1. 16 Feb 2008

    Soil scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) today showcased important new techniques for measuring soil degradation and fertility and called for greater global recognition of the critical role soil plays in determining the health of the planet, affecting a range of the Earth’s ‘vital signs’ ranging from food production to flood prevention and management.

  2. 14 May 2008

    Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Mariann Fischer-Boel and French MEP Stéphane Le Foll will open a workshop on Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation (SoCo) in Brussels on 22 May. The event's main objectives are to inform stakeholders in Member States of the ongoing SoCo study, establish a platform for cooperation on the project and gather stakeholder opinions and experience in the area.

  3. 23 May 2008

    On the occasion of the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, scientists from the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability have organised a public awareness event on soil biodiverity.

  4. 14 Feb 2009

    Today, on the occasion of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago, the JRC releases a new report entitled "Addressing soil degradation in EU agriculture: relevant processes, practices and policies".

  5. 15 Feb 2009

    The JRC hosts a symposium on soil biodiversity today, 15 February, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago. The session presented an overview of current understanding in the field and attempt to explain the various pressures "life in our soils" is currently under, with an analysis of recent developments that have enhanced our understanding of this crucial, yet unknown ecosystem. The challenges faced by the research community in its support for the sustainable use of this critical, non-renewable natural resource will also be addressed.

  6. 28 May 2009

    The JRC and the European Commission's Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development today present the main findings of the two-year "SoCo" (Sustainable Agriculture and Soil Conservation) project at a policy seminar in Brussels. The meeting is to be attended by representatives from government ministries in EU Member States, farming, industrial and environmental organisations and academia.

  7. 6 Jul 2009

    On Saturday 4 July, JRC staff participated alongside colleagues from the European Commission's Representation in the UK and in the presence of Commission Vice-President Margot Wallström at the "Sweden on Stage – A Green Mission" family event at Hampstead Heath, London, as part of the City of London Festival and to mark the launch of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union.

  8. 23 Apr 2010

    Thanks to the success of the BioSoil Demonstration Project, JRC scientists have concluded that large scale monitoring of soil conditions and biodiversity in forests is achievable. This goes part way towards fulfilling the main aims of the project: to provide harmonised soil and biodiversity data EU-wide, to evaluate the methodology of European soil and forest biodiversity monitoring programmes, and to provide a baseline to assess future trends in the soil condition and biodiversity of forests in the EU.

  9. 4 May 2010

    The JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has published the first Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region bringing together soil data for all the land masses above the latitude of 50° North. The maps describe the major soil types found in this region, together with their principal properties and characteristics, their main forming processes and their use.

  10. 9 Jul 2010

    The JRC has substantially contributed to the new EU system established to ensure that European biofuels and bioliquids come from sustainable sources and meet the highest environmental standards. A key tool is the JRC's methodology to quantify changes to the amount of carbon in soils and biomass when land use changes as a result of biofuels production. This is an important factor in the sustainability assessment. The methodology follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories and is supported by comprehensive global data collected by the JRC. The methodology was the basis for the Commission decision on the guidelines for the calculation of land carbon stocks.