GuadiamarLandscapeNew RECARE paper: A review of studies on soil contamination in Guadiamar, Spain over last 20 years

RECARE colleagues from the Instituto de Recursos Naturales y Agrobiología de Sevilla (IRNAS), CSIC in Spain have recently published a paper in Science of the Total Environment. The paper - Soil-plant relationships and contamination by trace elements: A review of twenty years of experimentation and monitoring after the Aznalcóllar (SW Spain) mine accident – focuses on a RECARE Case Study area in the south of Spain where severe soil contamination was caused by the Aznalcóllar mine accident in April 1998. The paper reviews the main results of research conducted in the affected area over the last 20 years, focusing on the soil-plant system. The reclamation techniques included the removal of sludge and soil surface layer and use of soil amendments. The effects of different types of amendments at different spatial scales and their effectiveness with time are reviewed. Monitoring of trace elements in soil and their transfer to plants (crops, herbs, shrubs, and trees) are evaluated to assess potential toxicity effects in the foodweb. The utility of some plants (accumulators) with regard to the biomonitoring of trace elements in the environment are also evaluated. Retention of trace elements by plant roots and their associated microorganisms has been used as a low-cost technique for trace element stabilization and soil remediation. The authors also evaluated the experience acquired in making the Guadiamar Green Corridor a large-scale soil reclamation and phytoremediation case study.

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BonaReslogoRECARE presentations at BonaRes 2018 Conference

Two presentations on the RECARE project were given at the BonRes 2018 Conference: Soil as a Sustainable Resource, which took place in Berlin 26th-27th February 2018.  Gudrun Schwilch, gave a keynote presentation about the RECARE Ecosystem Services Framework for Soil titled "Sustainable Soil Management Through a Transdisciplinary Assessment and Validation of Ecosystem services"   Jane Mills presented review work undertaken within RECARE on farm advisory systems for soil entitled "Are advisory services 'fit for purpose' to support sustainable soil management? A review of advisory capacity in Europe"

RECARE film generates debate about soil sealing in Italy

Italy SoilSealingEvent8th November 2017 Soil sealing - the covering of the ground by an impermeable material - is a serious soil threat. Soil sealing has important consequences for flooding, as water is no longer absorbed, food production, and the filtering and buffering capacity of soils and biodiversity, as well as other impacts. The EU has set a target to achieve zero net soil sealing by 2050, but soil sealing continues to increase annually. As part of the drive to spread the word about the problem and the urgency of caring for the soil, Professor Francesco Morari from Padova University and Mario Boldrin from Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori (CIA) organised a showing of the RECARE film about soil sealing (8/11/2017). The RECARE film features examples of soil sealing in Italy, and local farmers and Professor Morari explain the impacts of soil sealing in the Veneto region, a RECARE case study area (see the case study here). With invited speakers representing regional agricultural organisations and the local councils, it attracted not only over 100 hundred people to watch the film and discuss the topic, but also the regional TV company. The meeting featured on the local TV station 'Padova in diretta' relaying the concerns of about soil sealing to a broader audience. You can watch this film here.

Sixth RECARE Newsletter Now Available

Newsletter6 frontpageThe sixth RECARE newsletter is now available and can be downloaded here. This issue covers:

  1. Case Study Focus: Portugal - helping post-fire restoration
  2. Soil Threat Feature- Desertification 
  3. RECARE visit to Iceland Case Study
  4. Flooded harvests in Norway
  5. New publications
  6. New videos
  7. Past events/presentations


High levels of glyphosate found in European soils

24th October 2017 There has been a great deal of discussion about the use and extension of the approval of the use of glyphosate as a herbicide. Glyphosate is currently the most used herbicide in Europe. In 2016 the approval by the European Commission for the use of this agent expired. However, an extension of approval of use is currently being discussed. One of the conditions of this is that the agent cannot have a negative impact on the health of people, animals and the environment. Yet, little attention has been given to the presence of glyphosate in agricultural soil as a result of the broad use of this agent in agriculture. A scientific publication written by an international group of scientists led by Wageningen University & Research has recently been published in the journal Science of the Total Environment. This article contains the details of more than 300 soil samples taken from agricultural land in ten European countries, and argues against renewal of the approval of use of this herbicide.