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Abstract

The need for accurate information on the organic matter (O) content in soils at European, National or Regional level has been increasing steadily over the past few years. This is a result of increasing concern about environmental problems such as oil degradation, desertification, erosion and, at the worldwide level, the impact of climate change. There is some evidence to suggest that the OM content of soils in Europe is decreasing, in some cases at an alarming rate, and yet OM is vital to sustain the basic functions of soil. This decline in OM is accompanied by a decrease in fertility and loss of structure that together is exacerbating overall soil degradation. The main objective at present is to identify and secure an existing information base for OM contents of European soils at time T(0), i.e. to define a background or reference level.

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Authors: RUSCO E, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT);JONES R, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT);BIDOGLIO G, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The European Soil Forum. Held in: Napoli (IT), 23-25 October 2001
Record Number: 200114148 / Last updated on: 2001-12-21
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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