Soil supports life and is full of life

The article on biodiversity (Newsletter 33) drew a great deal of attention. Since then we have been sent important information, and have been asked to return to the subject. We are more than happy to do so, and would like to start by citing a motto used by soil scientists when talking about the presence of biodiversity in soil: ‘Soil supports life, and is full of life!’.

We recommend to read the Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas to those who wish to acquire complete knowledge about soil biodiversity. This text, published by the Joint Research Centre of the Commission is fully detailed both on a scientific and on an educational level. Together with a large number of pictures, the text allows understanding of the complexity of micro and macro entities in soil.

To researchers and specialists we recommend the Second Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, which will take place in Nanjing (China) from 15 to 19 October 2017. We mention this as the theme of the conference is of high importance: integrating soil biodiversity with global sustainability. We will make sure to keep you up-to-date with the upcoming findings of the conference.

 For those of you looking for educational material on soil biodiversity for schools, we would recommend adapting that provided by Colorado State University, which can be found here: http://blog.globalsoilbiodiversity.org/. This may require some patience, however specific songs and soundtracks related to soil can be found by browsing through the monthly newsletters, as well as drawings, images and photographs. As a matter of fact, most of the material available is the work of European researchers and initiatives.