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Assessment of promising agricultural management practices


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Assessment of promising agricultural management practices
Barao, Lucía
Alaoui, Abdallah
Ferreira, Carla S. S.
Basch, Gottlieb
Schwilch, Gudrun
Geissen, Violette
Sukkel, Wijnand
Lemesle, Julie
García Orenes, Fuensanta
Morugán Coronado, Alicia
Mataix Solera, Jorge
Kosmas, Costas
Glavan, Matjaž
Pintar, Marina
Tóth, Brigitta
Hermann, Tamas
Petrutza Vizitiu, Olga
Lipiec, Jerzy
Reintam, Endla
Xu, Minggang
Di, Jiaying
Fan, Hongzhu
Wang, Fei
Departamentos de la UMH::Agroquímica y Medio Ambiente
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iSQAPER project - Interactive Soil Quality Assessment in Europe and China for Agricultural Productivity and Environmental Resilience - aims to develop an app to advise farmers on selecting the best AgricultureManagement Practice (AMPs) to improve soil quality. For this purpose, a soil quality index has to be developed to account for the changes in soil quality as impacted by the implementation of the AMPs. Some promising AMPs have been suggested over the time to prevent soil degradation. These practices have been randomly adopted by farmers but which practices are most used by farmers and where they are mostly adopted remains unclear. This study is part of the iSQAPER project with the specific aims: 1) map the current distribution of previously selected 18 promising AMPs in several pedo-climatic regions and farming systems located in ten and four study site areas (SSA) along Europe and China, respectively; and 2) identify the soil threats occurring in those areas. In each SSA, farmers using promising AMP'swere identified and questionnaires were used to assess farmer's perception on soil threats significance in the area. 138 plots/farms using 18 promising AMPs, were identified in Europe (112) and China (26).Results show that promising AMPs used in Europe are Crop rotation (15%), Manuring & Composting (15%) and Min-till (14%), whereas in China areManuring & Composting (18%), Residuemaintenance (18%) and Integrated pest and disease management (12%). In Europe, soil erosion is the main threat in agricultural Mediterranean areas while soilborne pests and diseases is more frequent in the SSAs from France and The Netherlands. In China, soil erosion, SOM decline, compaction and poor soil structure are among the most significant. This work provides important information for policy makers and the development of strategies to support and promote agricultural management practices with benefits for soil quality.
Farming systems
Soil threats
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Ciencias del medio ambiente
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