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(Bio)solarisation: practical information (BEST4Soil Factsheet)

{Tool} (Bio)solarisation: practical information (BEST4Soil Factsheet). Creator(s): de Cara García, Miguel and Michel, Vincent. Issuing Organisation(s): Best4Soil, IFAPA, Agroscope. Best4Soil Factsheet. (2020)

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Summary

(Bio)solarisation can improve soil health and recover soil fertility. This tool gives an overview of how to do this. This technique uses a transparent film, most commonly polyethylene, with a high air tightness for 4-6 weeks during the highest sun radiation and temperatures. This increases soil temperature and produces changes in the microbial soil community as well as the chemical and physical properties of the soil. The addition of fresh organic matter into the soil before solarisation is called biosolarisation. This practice can increase the efficacy of solarisation as the incorporation of organic matter improves the health of the soil.
The cost of this technique is comparatively high, so economically it is usually only appropriate for intensive crop systems. The technique is applicable for all farmers. The factsheet targets Mediterranean latitudes, however, can be adapted to other conditions and climates.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:(Bio)solarisation to improve soil health and recover soil fertility.
What problem does the tool address?:Soils can become infected with soilborne pests which negatively affect crop production.
What solution does the tool offer?:Solarisation can enhance the health of the soil for the next crop by reducing the level of harmful soilborne pests.
Country:Spain, Switzerland
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:pest control, disease prevention, soil quality, soil functions, soil improvement, soil fertility
Agrovoc keywords:
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Value
URI
English
pest control
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_5726
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disease prevention
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_10394
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soil quality
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_a9645d28
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soil functions
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_e5629cbd
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soil improvement
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36315
English
soil fertility
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > BEST4Soil
Switzerland > Agroscope
Spain > IFAPA (Instituto de Investigación y Formación Agraria y Pesquera de Andalucía)
H2020 or FP7 Grant Agreement Number:817696
Related Links:https://organic-farmknowledge.org/de/tool/40038, https://www.best4soil.eu
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Dietemann, Lauren
ID Code:40038
Deposited On:21 Jun 2021 10:41
Last Modified:21 Jun 2021 10:46
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