Novel cropping systems to protect organic carbon in soil
Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a vital component of soil that plays a critical role in maintaining agricultural sustainability and in potentially mitigating climate change. Unfortunately, traditional intensive cultivation methods have significantly reduced SOC levels in the soil. The EU-funded InBPSOC project aims to develop innovative cropping systems that will protect and increase SOC stocks while increasing biomass production. To achieve this, it will conduct ongoing long-term unique field experiments to investigate the effects and driving mechanisms of innovative cropping systems on biomass production and SOC stocks. The project’s results will serve as a guide for future policies and contribute to the development of sustainable cropping systems for farmers.