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Towards a climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils

Project Leader
Zechmeister-Boltenstern Sophie, Project Leader
Horizon 2020 - European Joint Programme on agricultural soil management (EJP Soil)
Type of Research
Basic Research

Further information:

Rampazzo Nicola, Project Staff
Wenzel Walter, Project Staff
Greimel Martin, Project Staff
Mentler Axel, Project Staff
Watzinger Andrea, Project Staff
Bodner Gernot, Project Staff
Kittinger Martina, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2025)
Inselsbacher Erich, Project Staff
Keiblinger Katharina, Project Staff
Hood-Nowotny Rebecca, Project Staff
Diaz-Pines Eugenio, Project Staff
Murugan Rajasekaran, Project Staff (bis 31.01.2025)
BOKU Research Units
Centre for Bioeconomy
Institute of Soil Bioengineering and Landscape Construction
Institute of Soil Research
External organic matters for climate mitigation and soil health (EOM4Soil)
Mapping and alleviating soil compaction in a climate change context. (EJP SOIL-SoilCompaC)
Optimizing roots for sustainable crop production in Europe – pure cultures and cover crops. (MaxRoot-C)
External organic matters for climate mitigation and soil health (EOM4SOIL)
Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils (AgroecoSeq-C)
Modelling and mapping soil biodiversity patterns and functions across Europe (MINOTAUR)
Soil management to mitigate climate change-related precipitation eXtremes: Interactions of field management, soil moisture and soil biology (SoilX_VWG)
Soil RTM (SensRes-Geomatik)
Soil organic carbon sequestration potential of agricultural soils in Europe (CarboSeq)
SUstainable Management of soil Organic Matter to MItigate Trade-offs between C sequestration and nitrous oxide, methane and nitrate losses (SOMMIT)
Linking crop diversification to microbial energy allocation and organic carbon storage in soil. (EJP Soil-EnergyLink)
Are mixed species systems fostering belowground C inputs and C sequestration? (Mix-Root-C)
ProbeField: A novel protocol for robust in field monitoring of carbon stock and soil fertility based on proximal sensors and existing soil spectral libraries (ProbeField)
Soil management to mitigate climate change-related precipitation eXtremes: Farmer-related challenges to the use of sustainable soil management practices (EJP SOIL-SoilX_INWE)
Soil management to mitigate climate change-related precipitation eXtremes (EJP SOIL-SoilX_HyWa)
Funded by
Commission of the European Communities, Rue de la Loi, Brussels, European Union
The main objective of EJP SOIL is to create an enabling environment to enhance the contribution of agricultural soils to key societal challenges such as climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable agricultural production, ecosystem services provision and prevention and restoration of land and soil degradation. EJP SOIL will build a sustainable European integrated research community on agricultural soils and will develop and deploy a roadmap on climate-smart sustainable agricultural soil management. EJP SOIL roadmap is based on a knowledge framework with 4 interacting components. Knowledge development is set out in project calls with internal and external partners. Knowledge sharing & transfer is framed in capacity building for young scientists, enhancing general public awareness and fostering societal understanding and appreciation of agricultural soil management and its contribution to society. Knowledge harmonization, storage & organization supports harmonised soil information and reporting practices. Knowledge application deals with ways to overcome barriers for adoption of novel practices in a European context, co-developing adequate tools and providing evidence-based recommendations for EU policies. EJP SOIL activities in interaction with stakeholders, MSs and DG AGRI will pursue the long-term goal of promoting farmers as stewards of land and soil resources and support policy development and deployment, in particular the CAP and Climate policies. EJP SOIL addresses 6 expected impacts with targeted activities in response to societal, scientific, policy and operational challenges.
Climate change; Biodiversity research; Microbiology; Ecosystem research; Cultivation of land; Soil science;
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