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Conflicting demands of land use, soil biodiversity and the sustainable delivery of ecosystem goods and services in Europe

Objective

European soil biodiversity is pivotal for delivering food, fiber and biofuels and carbon storage. However, the demand is greater than the amount of soil available, as production of biofuels competes with areas for food production and nature. Moreover, intensified land use reduces soil biodiversity and the resulting ecosystem services. SOILSERVICE will value soil biodiversity through the impact on ecosystem services and propose how these values can be granted through payments. SOILSERVICE will combine interdisciplinary empirical studies and soil biodiversity surveys to construct soil food web models and determine effects of changing soil biodiversity on stability and resilience of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling, as well as assess consequences for outbreaks of pests or invasive species. SOILSERVICE will link ecological and economic models to develop a system for valuing soil biodiversity in relation to ecosystem services. Objectives: • Develop methods to value soil ecosystem services during different pressure of land use and changes in soil biodiversity. • Field and modelling studies will determine to what spatial and temporal scales soil biodiversity and soil ecosystem services are vulnerable to disturbance. • Detecting processes that indicate when ecosystems are approaching the limits of their natural functioning or productive capacity. • Establishing methods to determine and predict sustainability of ecosystem services at different types of land use • Building scenarios to identify economical and social drivers of how land use such as biofuel production and land abandonment can influence soil biodiversity and ecosystem services over European scale. • Interacting with EU policies and strategies with results on which services are at threat and mitigating changes in soil biodiversity to achieve a sustainable use of soils. Our results contribute to a European knowledge-based competitive economy and to a future EU directive on soils.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials/biofuels
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/invasive species
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/soil science/land-based treatment

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 536 520
Administrative Contact
Katarina Hedlund (Dr.)

Participants (10)

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN - KNAW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 346 920
Address
Kloveniersburgwal 29 Het Trippenhuis
1011 JV Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Erwin A Van De Ridder (Mr.)
JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 311 040
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Volkmar Wolters (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 317 794
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rein Alink (Mr.)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 245 520
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sanna-Maija Miettinen (Dr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 317 520
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 289 440
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Forsyth (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 304 440
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Stansfield (Ms.)
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 267 840
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Besta (Ms.)
Biologicke centrum AV CR, v. v. i.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 260 640
Address
Branisovska 31
370 05 Ceske Budejovice
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jan Frouz (Dr.)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 278 100
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingrid Ragnarsdotter (Ms.)