Within SoilCare, the aim is to identify, select and assess different soil-improving cropping systems (CS) in Europe to determine their effects on soil quality, environment, crop yield, profitability and sustainability using a range of advanced methodologies and assessment procedures, core elements being a soil quality evaluation and analysis at the farm level (costs and benefits) and surrounding environments (ecosystem services). As different conditions require the use of different cropping systems, and the applicability, profitability and environmental impacts of the different systems and techniques will vary across Europe, SoilCare is working in 16 different Study Sites covering different pedo-climatic, socio-economic and political conditions. Within the Study Sites, different soil-improving CS will be selected, tested and evaluated in collaboration with stakeholders, after which Study Site results will be upscaled to European level.

The table below gives an overview of the SoilCare project Study Sites in the partner countries.

No. Name Country   Study Site Leader Study Site Deputy Study Site Info (poster)
1 Flanders BE Annemie Elsen Mia Tits Poster 2018
2 Akershus NO Jannes Stolte Lillian Oygarden Poster 2018
3 Keszthely HU  Tamas Kismanyoky Zoltan Toth  Poster 2018
4 Frauenfeld CH  Abdallah Alaoui Etienne Diserens Poster 2018
5 Viborg DK  Tommy Dalgaard Gitte Holton Rubaek  Poster 2018
6 Loddington GB  Chris Stoate  Felicity Crotty Poster 2018
7 Tachenhausen DE  Carola Pekrun  Moritz Hallama  Poster A 2018, Poster B 2018
8 Draganesti Vlasca   RO  Irina Calciu  Olga Petruta Vizitiu Poster 2018
9 Legnaro IT  Antonio Berti  Francesco Morari  Poster 2018
10 Szaniawy  PL  Jerzy Lipiec  Boguslaw Uszowicz Poster 2018
11 Caldeirao PT  Antonio Ferreira  Carla Ferreira Poster 2018
12 Chania  GR  Ioannis Tsanis Ioannis Daliakolpoulos Poster 2018
13 Orup  SE  Gunnar Borjeson  Martin Bolinder  Poster 2018
14 Prague-Ruzyne  CZ  Pavel Cermak  Helena Kusa  Poster 2018
15 Almeria  ES  Julian Cuevas  Virginia Pinillos Poster 2018
16 Brittany  FR  Goulven Marechal  Gaëtan Johan  Poster 2018


An overview of SICS to be trialled in each Study Site can be viewed here