High energy costs and China's export squeeze are pushing fertilizer prices to their highest levels since the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Photo: Cjp24 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Cjp24 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Soil tests revive as fertilizer prices skyrocket

Fertilizer costs at their highest peak in 12 years. Here is the chance to focus on preliminary soil analysis, a crucial tool to limit excessive and inefficient use of additives
For years, U.S. and Canadian scientists have been studying microbes of some farmland in Ontario to identify links between some particular crops and soil balance. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use Attribution not required

Microbes tell us how the soil is doing. And they help save on fertilizer

It' s not just about organic matter: microbes are crucial in guaranteeing a proper soil balance. Canadian and Amercan scientists have developed a new test to capture soil biological activity
Nel 2023 la Commissione UE finalizzerà la Nature Restoration Law con l’obiettivo di tutelare legalmente il suolo e azzerare il consumo netto entro il 2050. Foto: Gerd Altmann Creative Commons CC0 Public domain

EU ready to work on soil law: “Net consumption must go to zero by 2050”

The Commission has announced a European law for soil protection by 2023. Debora Fino (Re Soil): "An historic choice, now Member States can take a major step forward". Concerns over France and Germany's position
Australia is betting on soil carbon sequestration. But according to an expert "the idea that the agricultural sector can offset fossil damage is pretty fanciful." Photo: John Englart Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Photo: John Englart Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Soil carbon sequestration in Australia can’t offset emissions

Australia is focusing on soil carbon sequestration. But without a government u-turn in the fight against climate change, the agricultural sector will not be able to offset the damages of the fossil fuel industry
Assessing carbon concentration is crucial for Malawi farmers who need to maximize the fertility of their soils. Photo: USAID Free to use CC0USAID Free to use CC0

Low cost technology helps African farmers to measure carbon in soil

In Malawi, a $400 calibrated reflectometer has allowed to record the carbon concentration in soil. A key step for better managing agricultural land
The Ulan Buh desert in Mongolia hosted the first large-scale trial conducted by Chinese researchers. Photo: 摩游乐 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)摩游乐 Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

China is fighting desertification by adding cellulose to sand

Chinese researchers offer a solution to soil degradation: a plant paste that can turn the desert into a grassland. The new technology might help 500 million people in Central Asia
Pandemic gave a major boost to the proliferation of gardening and urban agriculture. Photo: John Breslin CC0 Public DomainJohn Breslin CC0 Public Domain

California shows golden rules for urban agriculture and sustainable gardening

The gardening boom since 2020 offers great opportunities. But caring for urban gardens without wasting resources requires attention.
Beer waste can help eliminate parasitic microorganisms in the soil promoting agricultural yield growth. Photo: CC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attributionCC0 Public Domain Free for personal and commercial use No attribution

Beer by-products are good for soil as crop yields increase 15%

Beer production leftovers can boost agricultural yields and soil health, Spanish researchers say. The circular solution can control parasitic invertebrates population and accelerate plant growth
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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

Without the bioeconomy we will not be able to protect soil health

On Friday 1 October at 10 the Re Soil Foundation organizes a web conference as part of the PreCOP26 initiatives. Twelve internationally renowned experts will explain the role of the bioeconomy in safeguarding the quality of European soils.