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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
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Glyphosate-treated soils say goodbye to invertebrates

A research from Mexico: the use of the controversial pesticide reduces the concentration of macroinvertebrates thus depriving the soil of their ecosystem services.
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Martina (FAO): “Produce better, consuming less. Agriculture must change model”

The FAO Deputy Director to Re Soil Foundation: "Sustainable land management is a turning point to ensure agricultural production and food sovereignty. I hope that the EU will soon change the directive on soils"
Forest coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. Photo: Roman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution requiredRoman Boed Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Free for personal and commercial use Attribution required

European forests are expanding. But their future is unwritten

Forests coverage in Europe has grown 9% since 1990. But fires and low corporate profitability are still unsolved issues
After many years of debate, FAO's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils has approved an official definition of healthy soil. PHOTO: FAO archive.FAO

What is healthy soil? FAO coins the official definition

The UN Agency's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils (ITPS) has defined healthy soil as "the ability to sustain productivity, diversity and environmental services of terrestrial ecosystems". A starting point for setting comparable indicators on sustainable land management
Armenia, the capital of the department of Quindío. The reconversion of the city's arena is one of the many projects carried out in the country in order to preserve and promote biodiversity. Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Photo: young shanahan Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

No more bullfighting: a Colombian arena becomes a biodiversity vehicle

From bullfighting to biodiversity. How a former Colombian bullring will be transformed into a garden. An awareness-raising project in a country that has already set an ambitious program for the protection of its native species

Looking for a perfect reforestation? Just follow these 10 rules

Planting new trees is not enough: in order to optimize carbon sequestration and promote biodiversity, reforestation must follow particular criteria. An Italian researcher from Richmond's Royal Botanic Gardens has combined them into a decalogue
Citizens have three months to contribute with their suggestions on soil health strategy. While EU Mission comes to Italy

Soil Strategy: EU citizens asked to share their views

The three-month open consultation for public suggestions has begun. Biodiversity is crucial for soil health. The EU Mission is coming to Italy
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Food safety: the solution lies in soil microbes

Soil fertility? It’s linked to the biodiversity of its microorganisms. A circular alternative from the SIMBA project for more productive and sustainable crops