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Koopmans, C.J. and F.W. Smeding. 2008. A Conceptual Framework for Soil management and its effect on Soil Biodiversity in Organic and Low Input Farming. In: 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress. Modena, Italy. June 16-20, 2008.

Number of pages: 5

Type of document: Conference Paper

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Chris J. Koopmans Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: A Conceptual Framework for Soil management and its effect on Soil Biodiversity in Organic and Low Input Farming

Abstract / summary in English:

Learning how to manage beneficial soil biological processes may be a key step towards developing sustainable agricultural systems. We designed a conceptual framework linking soil management practices to important soil-life groups and soil fertility services like nutrient cycling, soil structure and disease suppression. We selected a necessary parameter set to gain insight between management, soil life and soil support services. The findings help to develop management practices that optimise yields, soil fertility and biodiversity in organic farming.


Keywords in English: Soil biology, soil management, biodiversity, sustainability, soil model