Newsletter NRP 68 – May 2017
"Mycorrhiza" project completed
Beneficial soil fungi contribute to improving ecosystem functions and can be used agriculturally.
"Soil stability" project completed
Landslides pose a constant threat to humans, buildings and infrastructure. Properly adapted management of endangered areas and the use of suitable combinations of plants and mycorrhizal fungi help to reduce the probability of landslides.
"Carbon dynamics" project completed
Soils in the Alps and in Ticino exhibit the greatest potential vulnerability to loss of soil organic matter, i.e. potential release of carbon.
"Urban sprawl" project completed
The increasing loss of land is expected to continue until the middle of this century, though the trend is expected to slow.
   All Events
   Leaching of soils during laboratory incubations does not affect soil organic carbon mineralisation but solubilisation

Publication of the "Carbon dynamics": we did not find evidence that incubation experiments introduce a bias on SOC mineralisation.

   Strategies for environmentally sound soil ecological engineering.

Publication of the project ″Mycorrhiza″: Soil ecological engineering can be used to enhance agricultural sustainability. Potential undesirable side effects have to be considered and carefully investigated.

   Farmer looks for fungi – a fruitful relationship

Leaflet of the project ″Mycorrhiza″: Mycorrhiza support soil fertility. The leaflet shows the advantages of mycorrhiza and how they can be promoted.

   FACCE project results presented in a booklet

Twelve FACCE projects present their findings on the adaption of agriculture to climate change. Four projects are part of NRP 68: Climate Café, Green Rice, MAAGnet and Models4Pasture.

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