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DAFM National Call 2013 13S468 Teagasc (UCD, UL, IT Sligo) €1,017,315

Project Title:

Soil Quality Assessment and Research

Project Coordinator:

Dr David Wall

Project Abstract

Soil has been recognized as a vital non-renewable resource that requires sustainable management to ensure the viability of food and fibre production, nutrient retention and cycling and filtration of water into the future. Sustainable management of soil is paramount to ensure that these functions are available. Food Harvest 2020 is promoting the intensification of agricultural productions systems to increase the output of the sector. Greening of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) means that this increase in production must be achieved in a sustainable manner. The focus of this project is to; (1) develop a toolbox for farmers to assess soil structural quality and (2) understand what this means in terms of soil functional quality, i.e. the ability of the soil to perform its multiple functions (3) to conduct an inventory of approximately 160 sites across Ireland to evaluate the status of soil structural quality in grassland and tillage soils (4) it will assess the impact of soil structural degradation on the functional capacity of the soil. This work will be completed through a combination of method development, research capacity building and stakeholder engagement to achieve the outcomes of this project

Final Report:

Not available yet.