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Earthworms: architects of fertile soils

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

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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, fertilizer application, management measures, reduced tillage, soil compaction, soil fertility, soil-borne disease, soil fauna, soil biology, soil quality, minimum tillage
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
carbon sequestration
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_331583
English
fertilizers
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_2867
English
minimum tillage
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_32734
English
soil compaction
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7163
English
soil fertility
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
English
soil biology
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7160
English
arable farming
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
English
soil quality
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_a9645d28
English
crop management
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_16094
English
soil fauna
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7169
Subjects: Farming Systems
Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Soil > Nutrient turnover
Crop husbandry > Soil tillage
Crop husbandry > Crop health, quality, protection
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable > Selected tools
European Union > CORE Organic II > TILMAN-ORG
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Soil Sciences
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Plant Protection and Biodiversity
Related Links:https://www.fibl.org, http://www.tilman-org.net/, https://orgprints.org/26331/, https://orgprints.org/25237/, https://orgprints.org/25238/, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/30567, https://orgprints.org/32253/, https://orgprints.org/32187/, https://orgprints.org/32475/
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30567
Deposited On:21 Dec 2016 09:07
Last Modified:24 Nov 2020 09:35
Document Language:English, German/Deutsch, Danish/Dansk, Bulgarian/български, Dutch/Nederlands, Estonian/Eesti, French/Francais
Status:Published

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