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Organic matter in the soils of Europe: Present status and future trends

Project ID: 1979
Funded under: FP5-JRC

Abstract

The need for accurate information on organic matter (OM) content in soils at European, national and regional level arises from increasing concern about environmental problems such as soil degradation, desertification, erosion and the impact of climate change. There is some evidence to suggest that the OM content of soils in Europe is decreasing, with deleterious effects on many soil functions. Factors responsible for the decline in soil OM include: conversion of grassland and natural vegetation to arable land, deep ploughing of arable soils, overgrazing, soil erosion and forest fires. The main objective at present is to identify and secure an existing information base for OM content of European soils in order to define a 'background reference level'. This paper attempts to summarize briefly existing knowledge about the OM content in the soils at European level. Some examples of the knowledge base, the improvements that are needed and possible trends in soil OM content at regional level are given.

Additional information

Authors: RUSCO E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT);JONES R, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT);BIDOGLIO G, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20556 EN (2003), 14pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9843 or +39 033278 9864 Fax: +39 033278 9623 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu
Record Number: 200316186 / Last updated on: 2003-04-22
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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