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Protecting the soil ecosystem contributes to human health, the WHO said recently. Photo: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Microbes and biodiversity. Here’s why a healthy soil is so important for human health

As soil allies, microbes are a resource for people' immune systems. Protecting biodiversity therefore means preserving our health.
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The post-pandemic crisis does not scare the European bioeconomy

The 7th report "Bioeconomy in Europe" by Intesa San Paolo: the total turnover in 2020 is worth 320 billion, with 2 million employees.
Few data and one truth according to FAO: soil pollution is one of the most dangerous global threats. Photo: Pixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution requiredPixabay License Free for commercial use No attribution required

Soil pollution is responsible for 20% of agricultural productivity loss, FAO warns

New FAO report on global land pollution unveiled. The size of the problem is known, the lack of data weighs. Now is certainly time to act
Bialowieza in Poland is one of Europe's most famous primary forests. Photo: Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)Merlin Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Europe’s primary forests are such a buried treasure. And we must protect them

A study by the EU Commission's JRC sheds a new light on Europe's primary forests. A gem we still know too little
Nitrogen is used in agriculture as the basic element of many fertilizers. It is an essential factor for plant growth but also a potential source of pollution. Photo: Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)Adrian S. Pye Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Double-edged nitrogen is one more reason for a sustainable agriculture

How to manage nitrogen use to reduce environmental impact and protect soils. An Australian study provides guidance for firms and consumers
In the Amazon, large-scale agriculture is reducing rainfall volumes and fueling surface warming. Photo: Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)Sam Beebe Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon agricultural boom is speeding up climate change

Researchers' alarm: large-scale cultivation in the Amazon causes a decrease in rainfall and an increase in temperatures.
The carbon great escape: Brazilian Amazon experienced a net loss of 670 million tons between 2010 and 2019. Photo: Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Neil Palmer/CIAT Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Brazilian Amazon is releasing more carbon than it stores

Between 2010 and 2019, the Brazilian forest emitted 4.45 billion tons of carbon dioxide while absorbing only 3.78
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
Seed and seedling production in the United States is still inadequate to meet reforestation goals. Photo: Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075Lance Cheung, USDA public domain https://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/22021263075

Seed shortage puts American reforestation at risk

United States are suffering from seed, seedling and workers shortage. As a result, a study warns, reforestation plans are not achievable
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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.