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The COST Action 831, Biotechnology of soil: Monitoring, conservation and remediation, started on 7 October 1997. Ten countries were represented at the first management committee meeting in Brussels and so far, 18 different nationalities have been participating in this action.

The main objective of COST Action 831 is to try to elaborate routine assays for monitoring, conservation and remediation of soil biological fertility. Furthermore, another objective is the early detection of any fertility decline in the natural ecosystem by setting up efficient and rapid methods for soil pollution diagnosis and biochemical techniques for the study of soil stability.

One of the most important decisions of this action was to focus the work on methodologies. In particular it was decided to finally choose some methods from the conventional, biochemical and molecular ones already available in different countries for the monitoring, conservation and remediation of soil fertility.ty.

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Authors: MASSON J P (EDITOR), European Commission, COST Secretariat, Brussels (BE);SCHÜEPP H (EDITOR), FAW, Wädenswil (CH);BENEDETTI A (EDITOR), ISNP-MIPA, Rome (IT);SCHUEPP H (EDITOR), FAW, Wadenswil (CH)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19225 EN (2001), pp. 387. Euro: 32.00
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-7880-5
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