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Rutgers, M., A.J. Schouten, J. Bloem, N.J.M. van Eekeren, R.G.M. de Goede, G.A.J.M. Jagers op Akkerhuis, A. van der Wal, C. Mulder, L. Brussaard, A.M. Breure. 2009. Biological measurements in a nationwide soil monitoring network. European Journal of Soil Science. 60:820-832.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2389.2009.01163.x

Soort document: Journal Article

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Meer over auteurs/freelancers verbonden aan het LBI :
Dr. Ir. Nick J.M. van Eekeren


Taal van het document: Engels

Title in English: Biological measurements in a nationwide soil monitoring network

Abstract / summary in English:

In the Netherlands soil biological measurements are undertaken in a nationwide monitoring programme. The measurements are combined in the Biological Indicator of Soil Quality (BISQ). About 300 locations were selected in a random stratified design comprising stringent combinations of land use and soil type. All locations were sampled in a six-year cycle. In this contribution we describe the monitoring network and the BISQ and present average values for biomass,  abundances and taxonomic diversity of various soil dwelling organisms derived from 10 years of measurements. We further highlight some results and discuss the possibilities in soil and land management policy frameworks for improving sustainable land management.


Biological measurements in a nationwide soil monitoring network