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Best4Soil are building a community of practice network across Europe by inter-connecting growers, advisers, educators and researchers. This network promotes knowledge ready for practice on 4 best practices (compost, green manure, anaerobic disinfestation, (bio) solarisation) for the control of soil-borne diseases.

H2020 project aiming to enhance scientific research & innovation capacity in soil science and precision agriculture
Aims to develop, upscale and disseminate soil restoring strategies in three major agricultural systems (cereal-based rotations, tree crops and grasslands), different farm typologies and environmental conditions in Europe, China and New Zealand.

Aims to develop an innovative DSS platform to support farmers' associations, spatial planners, environmental agencies and policy-makers in their work.

The project aims to fuel the competencies of advisors who will support and facilitate #interactiveinnovation in EU agriculture & forestry.



The SPRINT-project, which commenced in September 2020, aims to develop a Global Health Risk Assessment Toolbox to assess impacts of Plant Protection Products (PPPs) on environment and human health by conducting case studies across Europe and in Argentina.

The ReNu2Farm project is designed to increase the recycling rates for the plant nutrients nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) in the primary food production chain in Northwest Europe (NWE). The project strives for an exchange of nutrients between the following countries: IE-UK, DE-NL and BE-FR. In each of these areas there are regions with nutrient shortages and surpluses. Nutrient-surplus regions in NWE include the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium), Bretagne (France) and Ireland. The regions that have great potential to replace artificial fertilisers, due to their high use thereof, are located in Northern France, Wallonia (Belgium), the East of England and Ireland.

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POREM aims to demonstrate the efficiency of applying innovative- and low-cost effective technologies for the restoration of soils low in organic matter, also in semiarid areas. Particularly, the project aims to demonstrate the applicability of poultry manure, treated according to EP 1314710*, for soil restoration/ bioremediation, avoiding degradation, fixing C in the soil, putting P as struvite and increasing biological quality (edafic fertility), in terms of bulk density and aggregates, N content, total biodiversity and plant yield. It's a new technique that goes beyond soil fertilization and soil amendment, looking for a tool for regenerating and boosting productivity.

The Soil Carbon Project is an innovative project that aims to help farmers manage soils in a more sustainable and profitable way.

The project will concentrate on three main strands:

  • Investigating a methodology that could be used to test for soil organic matter and carbon
  • Learning more about the impact of farming management practices on soil health
  • Financial modelling to understand how a potential government payment system for protecting or improving soil health and carbon sequestration might work

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Excalibur plans to enhance the knowledge on soil biodiversity dynamics and its synergistic effects with prebiotic and probiotic approaches in horticulture, using a multi-actor approach. To pursue this aim, new multifunctional soil microbial inoculants (bio-inocula) and bio-effectors will be tested on three model crops of economic importance (tomato, apple, strawberry) under different experimental and open-field conditions across Europe, and the feed-feedback effect of/on native biodiversity monitored. In order to go beyond the multitude of studies on the links between soil biodiversity and plant health, Excalibur will develop a comprehensive strategy of soil management improving the effectiveness of biocontrol and bio fertilization practices in agriculture.



(SIEU Soil Observatory for
Intelligent Land Use Management)


This 3-year project will design, implement and test a shared China‐EU Web Observatory platform that will provide Open Linked Data to monitor status and threats of soil and assist in decision making for sustainable support of agro‐ ecosystem functions, in view of the projected climate change.




The aim of the DIVERFARMING project is to  develop and test different diversified cropping systems (rotations, multiple cropping and intercrops for food, feed and industrial products) under low-input practices, for conventional and organic systems for field case studies to increase land productivity and crops quality, and reduce machinery, fertilisers, pesticides, energy and water demands.





The overall goal of DiverIMPACTS - Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains towards Sustainability - is to achieve the full potential of diversification of cropping systems for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains.

DiverIMPACTS has 34 partners and is coordinated by INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. CRA-W, Belgium, acts as deputy coordinator.


SHui (soil hydrology research platform)


SHui is a network integrating long-term experiments of its 19 academic and SME partners funded by Horizon 2020. The overall aim of SHui is to deliver a suite of technologies and tools to empower individuals and stakeholder organizations to make informed decisions to manage water scarcity in European and Chinese cropping systems, and consolidating an integrated research platform for the coming decade across EU and China.

SMS (Soil Mission Support)

Started in November 2020, this project will ultimately support the Horizon Europe Mission in the area of soil health and food. The project will develop a set of research and innovation activities leading to an effective framework for action in Europe and globally in the fields of soil health and land management, identifying criteria for living labs and lighthouses, aiming to demonstrate solutions.





A 48-Month project funded by Horizon 2020, Greener aims to develop innovative, low-cost, efficient and sustainable solutions for effective environmental remediation. Several bioremediation technologies will be developed and their effectiveness, low-cost, energy efficient, environmental and socio-economic performance will be analysed in different environmental scenarios. A combination of the most promising technologies will be up-scaled and tested.




 The four year Horizon 2020-funded DIVERSify project (2017-2021) aims to optimise the performance of crop species mixtures or ‘plant teams’ to improve yield stability, reduce pest and disease damage, and enhance stress resilience in agricultural systems. It focuses on improving the productivity and sustainability of European agriculture using an approach that has global relevance, learning from the experience of international researchers and stakeholders.




Increasingly, soil is recognized as a non-renewable resource because, once degraded, the restoration of its productivity is an extremely slow process. Given the importance of soils for crop and livestock production as well as for providing wider ecosystem services for local and global societies, maintaining the land in good condition is of vital importance. To manage the use of agricultural soils well, decision-makers need science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to assess soil quality and function.

The most important aims the iSqaper project will work on are to: Integrate existing soil quality related information; Synthesize the evidence for agricultural management effects provided by long-term field trials; Derive and identify innovative soil quality indicators that can be integrated into an easy-to-use interactive soil quality assessment tool; Develop, with input from a variety of stakeholders, a multilingual Soil Quality Application (SQAPP) for in-field soil quality assessment and monitoring; Test, refine, and roll out SQAPP across Europe and China as a new standard for holistic assessment of agricultural soil quality; Use a trans-disciplinary, multi-actor approach to validate and support SQAPP.




 LANDMARK is a European Research Project on the sustainable management of land and soil in Europe. The questions that LANDMARK aims to address are: “How can we make the most of our land? How can we ensure that our soils deliver on the many expectations we have of our land?”

LANDMARK is a pan-European multi-actor consortium of 22 partner institutes from 14 EU countries plus Switzerland, China and Brazil. These include universities, applied research institutes, Chambers of Agriculture, an SME and the European Commission that will develop a coherent framework for soil management aimed at sustainable food production across Europe. Landmark is led by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and is supported by a series of organizations being part of our Stakeholder Steering Committee ( FAO, COPA-COGECA, EFI, EUFRAS, DG-AGRI, DG-ENV, EMBRAPA, EFSA, EEA, EIONET, etc.)



The goal of LEGVALUE is to pave the road to develop sustainable and competitive legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the EU. To this end, the project will assess both the economic and environmental benefits for the EU agro industry to widely produce and use legumes in a sustainable manner. Using a list of 20 value chains reflecting the market diversity, and a list of 20 farm networks covering the diversity of grain legumes and fodder legumes species.

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The RECARE project which finished in 2018 brought together a multidisciplinary team of 27 different organisations to find ways of assessing the current threats to soils and finding innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation across Europe.

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 SmartSOIL (Sustainable farm Management Aimed at Reducing Threats to SOILs under climate change) was a research project in the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (2011-2015).The projectidentified and developed options to increase C stocks and optimise C use (flows) whilst maintaining sustainable SOC stocks.



 The goal of SolACE - Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use - is to help European agriculture face major challenges, notably increased rainfall variability and reduced use of N and P fertilizers.


Due to start in June 2021 and funded under Horizon 2020, SoilResist aims to unveil the mechanisms that underpin the resistance and resilience of soil microbial communities and study how the communities react to natural and anthropogenic perturbations.


IDESoWa (Increased drainage effects on soil properties and water quality) is a 2 year project funded by Horizon 2020. By studying soils on a water flux gradient perpendicular to subsurface drainage pipes, the project will calculate soil element fluxes within soil, and their losses with drainage water. It will also determine relationships between drainage water chemistry and soil properties.

The IDESoWa project will develop a conceptual framework for soil development in two common European agricultural soils (Cambisol and Luvisol), and under two agricultural practices (tilled soil vs. pasture).




An association created in 2016 with 19 founders from 10 countries, Agroecology Europe intends to place agroecology high on the European agenda of sustainable development of farming and food systems. It wants to foster interactions between actors in sciences, practices and social movements, by facilitating knowledge sharing and action. It aims at the creation of an inclusive European community of professionals, practitioners, and more generally societal stakeholders in agroecology. The group is open to all individuals/organisations with an interest in agroecology to join.


The EU-funded ALL-Ready project will develop AgroEcoLLNet, a new framework for the future European network of Living Labs and Research infrastructures. The project will lay the groundwork and prepare the necessary prerequisites and activities. Testing will verify and improve the project’s outcomes, which will be communicated widely in Europe. The implementation plan will be tested and integrated into the validated framework of AgroEcoLLNet.



Funded by Horizon 2020, CIRCASA (Coordination of International Research Cooperation on Soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture) aims to strengthen the coordination and synergies in European and global research on SOC (Soil Organic Carbon) sequestration in agricultural soils, leading to an improved understanding and scientific basis to target ambitious practices required to preserve and enhance SOC.


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 EJP Soil is a European Join Programme cofund on agricultural soil management contributing to key societal challenges like climate change and the future of food supply. The objectives are to develop knowledge, tools and an integrated research community to foster climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management that allows sustainable food production, Sustains soil biodiversity and Sustains soil functions that preserves ecosystem services