Newsletter NRP 68 – October 2016
NRP 68 "Soil as a Resource": work starts on programme synthesis
Over the next two years, the results generated in the NRP 68 projects will be brought together in five thematic and one overall synthesis. A focus will be on the ecosystem services provided by the soil and tools and strategies for a sustainable use of soil as a resource will be developed in the process.
Completion of projects from research phase 1
The first 19 projects of NRP 68 have been completed or will be ending soon. Short summaries and executive stakeholder summaries for the projects are now available.
"Antibiotic resistance" project completed
By nature, Swiss soils contain various antibiotic resistance genes. However, these genes are neither clinically relevant nor are they found in great numbers.
"Nitrous Oxide" project completed
Treatment with biochar reduces nitrous oxide emissions more strongly than two other forms of soil management.
   Symposium on the Sustainable Use of Soil

27 October 2016, Biel/Bienne

sanu durabilitas and NRP 68 will discuss measures and economic instruments for sustainable soil and land use.

   NABO Symposium 2016 (in French or German only)

17 November 2016, Agroscope Zurich-Reckenholz

Three decades of national soil observation – Retrospective and latest developments in Switzerland and abroad.

   All Events
   Signaling in the rhizosphere

The review article by the "Soil bacteria" project emphasises the importance of communication in the rhizomicrobiome.

   Insect pathogenicity in plant-beneficial pseudomonads: phylogenetic distribution and comparative genomics

The study published by the "Soil bacteria" project shows that certain group strains of the genus Pseudomonas exhibit from lethal to avirulent activity towards lepidopteran larvae.

   Prevalence and activity of entomopathogenic nematodes (EPN) and their antagonists in soils that are subject to different agricultural practices

The study by the "Nematodes" project shows that entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) are rare. Their prevalence is not affected by the farming system. The authors recommend increasing the use of EPNs.

   Spatial differentiation of arable land and permanent grassland to improve a land management model for nutrient balancing

The study by the "Early warning system" project integrates remotely sensed land cover information into a regional land management model.

   Integrating simulation data from a crop model in the development of an agri-environmental indicator for soil cover in Switzerland

The study by the "Cover crops" project shows high variability of soil cover. In addition, low soil cover in winter can pose an environmental risk.

   A backcasting approach for matching regional ecosystem services supply and demand

An article published by the "Decision-making platform" project proposes a novel backcasting approach for ecosystem services assessments.

   Conflicts of customary land tenure in rural Africa: is large-scale land acquisition a driver of "institutional innovation"?

The study by the project "Land grabbing" investigates how the biofuel agro-industry is reinterpreting and potentially transforming customary arrangements in rural Sierra Leone.

   Full publication list of the projects conducted under NRP 68

A collection of bibliometric information from NRP 68 in the P3 database of the SNSF. The project leaders are the sole guarantors for the completeness and accuracy of this data.

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