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A method for soil health assessment in the conversion to organic farming

Mata, Macarena; Garrido, Marisol; Longhurst, Phil and Seaton, Roger (2002) A method for soil health assessment in the conversion to organic farming. In: Powell, Jane and et al., (Eds.) Proceedings of the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference, Organic Centre Wales, Institute of Rural Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth, pp. 149-151.

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This paper was presented at the UK Organic Research 2002 Conference of the Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR).
The regulation for the assessment of the conversion to organic farming establishes the use of soil/produce pollution and the type of agricultural practices as indicators of performance. However, these indicators don’t reflect the complexity of the soil ecosystem and soil health. Therefore, complementary indicators were sought (soil biostructure and field capacity), and a specific three-steps method for the assessment and monitoring of soil health during the conversion process was developed.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic farming; soil health; conversion assessment; indicators; soil biostructure; monitoring; Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR)
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication > Technology transfer
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Soil > Soil quality
Research affiliation: UK > Colloquium of Organic Researchers (COR) > COR 2002
Sweden
UK > Other organizations
Spain
Deposited By: Powell, Ms Jane
ID Code:8236
Deposited On:28 Apr 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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