1) The Netherlands Case Study - increasing or maintaining soil organic matter
The RECARE researchers are testing the effectiveness of various measures to increase or maintain soil organic matter. The main experiment involves grass undersowing in maize. Other experiments include the use a manure separator that differentiates between crops and fields with different soil quality and the application of humic acid
|Grass undersowing in maize|
2) Italy Case Study - increasing organic matter with cover crops and conservation agriculture
The Italian researchers are testing the effectiveness of continuous soil cover and conservation agriculture practices to increase organic matter content. They are comparing untreated soil compared with cover crop and conservation agriculture management systems.
|Increasing organic matter content through long-term sustainable agriculture systems|
Chiara Pituello, Nicola Dal Ferro, Gianluca Simonetti, Antonio Berti, Francesco Morari (2015) Nano to macro pore structure changes induced by long-term residue management in three different soils. Ecosystems and Environment, Vol 217, 1 February 2016, Pages 49–58 doi:10.1016/j.agee.2015.10.029