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Earthworms: architects of fertile soils

{Tool} Earthworms: architects of fertile soils. Creator(s): Pfiffner, Lukas. Issuing Organisation(s): Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Switzerland. (2014)

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Online at: http://orgprints.org/30567/1/1629-earthworms.pdf

Summary

This technical guide shows the impact of earthworms on soil quality, their interactions with other soil organisms and the influence of farming practices on their population. The guide is directed to all farmers, aiming to understand the detrimental effects of heavy machinery, intensive tillage and use of pesticides. It provides an overview of the biology, ecology and multiple services of earthworms and recommendations of their promotion in agricultural systems.
The leaflet points out how earthworms maintain ecosystem services (aeriation, water infiltration, biocontrol, nutrient supply) and how they benefit from soil fertility and vice-versa.
Agricultural practices are proposed to enhance earthworms as alternative to intensive soil tillage and the use of ploughs, to minimize ground pressure and soil compaction. A farmer can find therefore practical advice on adequate tillage periods, machinery, soil conditions, adapted fertilization and diversification of crop rotation.
Finally, a method for estimating earthworms in a soil offers a quick self-assessment of the state of soil quality on a particular crop.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Promote earthworm populations to improve your soil!
What problem does the tool address?:Soil compaction and depletion
What solution does the tool offer?:Provides recommendations in soil tillage and fertilization practices to promote earthworms
Country:Switzerland
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:arable farming, carbon sequestration, fertilisation strategy, management measures, reduced tillage, soil compaction, soil fertility, soil-borne disease
Keywords:arable farming, carbon sequestration, fertilisation strategy, management measures, reduced tillage, soil compaction, soil fertility, soil-borne disease
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englishcarbon sequestrationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_331583
Englishfertilizationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2863
Englishconservation tillagehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33445
Englishsoil compactionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7163
Englishsoil fertilityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Englishsoilborne viruseshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36398
Englisharable farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
Englishsoil propertieshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330883
Englishcrop managementhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16094
Subjects: Farming Systems
Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Soil
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic II > TILMAN-ORG
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
European Union > OK-Net Arable
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Plant Protection and Biodiversity
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org, http://www.tilman-org.net/, http://orgprints.org/26331/, http://orgprints.org/25237/, http://orgprints.org/25238/
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30567
Deposited On:21 Dec 2016 09:07
Last Modified:03 Oct 2018 09:48
Document Language:English, German/Deutsch, Danish/Dansk, Bulgarian/български, Dutch/Nederlands, Estonian/Eesti, French/Francais
Status:Published

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