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Jericho: an Italian team invents a machine to analyze and treat sick soils

The invention is exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: the terraforming device, designed by the OFL Architecture studio, detects the amount of CO2 in the soil and then injects the biological fertilizers necessary to re-naturalize the soils lacking their original production capacity
In areas of the Peruvian Amazon monitored by drones, deforestation was halved in one year. Photo (generic image): Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Yoly Gutierrez/CIFOR Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Smartphones and drones help indigenous communities fight deforestation

Thanks to drones and satellite technology, the Peruvian Amazon has halved the deforestation of indigenous lands in one year.
Nematodes are essential players in the soil system providing benefits or damage depending on properties of 30,000 different species. Photo: Starlight Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)Starlight Hunter Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

In Japan a DNA test unveals the secrets of soil nematodes

Genetic testing also works with nematodes, which are crucial for ecosystem. A new study from offers new perspectives for the study of soil
Numbers compiled by NASA show that in the U.S. Midwest., corn fields with low tillage levels have a 3.3% higher yield. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

NASA takes care of soil protection for farmers’ sake

NASA satellite data helps American farmers to choose the best practices to protect soil and its productivity.
An app developed in Ireland provides a multi-level soil diagnosis. Photo: Pxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCAPxfuel Free for commercial use, DMCA

How’s your soil doing? Ask this Irish app

The app allows you to analyze the health of your soil and suggests how to manage it. An example of technology applied to soil protection.
Selected papers will be presented at Ecomondo 2021 fair. Photo: EcomondoEcomondo

New solutions for soil: Ecomondo call for papers is still open

Ecomondo 2021 selects new proposals to protect soil health. Abstract submission deadline is scheduled for June 30.
Environmental DNA (eDNA) offers more clear benefits than traditional techniques for soil ecosystem analyse. Photo: U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)U.S. Army, Jessica Vandrick Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

eDNA discloses the secrets of soil and helps us to protect it

eDNA enables scientists to extend their analyses of soil and ecosystems beyond the limits of traditional indicators
Different management strategies and soil properties influence carbon sequestration ability. Data processing is therefore crucial in order to design a global soil map. Photo: Nandan CC0 - Free to Use, Attribution OptionalNandan CC0 - Free to Use, Attribution Optional

A new map will reveal the CO2 sequestration potential of our soils

FAO is providing regional training sessions on data processing through the GSOCseq program. Its goal? To provide a map of soil carbon capture potential under a variety of scenarios. An extra tool to protect climate and soil health
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Pantelleria takes up the challenge of chemical-free agriculture

The National Parks Administration, the University of Palermo and Novamont have started tests on pelargonic acid, a natural herbicide that does not pollute the environment, water or soil