Soil health

Green manures grown in the green house to improve the soil health status

Soil health is crucial for the future of agricultural production. On this and the following pages you’ll find various videos and fact sheets on this topic. These documents were created by the European Best4Soil network, in which Agroscope is actively involved.

Soil health – Practical Information  Video  Fact sheet (PDF, 396 kB, 01.05.2020) 

Soilborne aggressors are pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses) and pests (nematodes, insects) living in the soil which infect below ground plant organs (roots, rhizomes) and consequently weakens the plants, in the worst case cause their death.

Soil-borne Diseases – Practical Information
Video Fact sheet (PDF, 1 MB, 04.05.2020)

The control of such pathogens and pests aims to reduce losses of crop yield and quality, in the best case to avoid them completely.

Alternative control methods are privileged

Alternative are in contrast to standard control methods, which are meant to disinfest completely the soil. Latter goal is - more or less successful - achieved by using synthetic chemical substances or heat (vapour).

Alternative methods are justified by three reasons:

- maintenance of the soil fertility,
- maintenance of the soil biodiversity,
- acceptance of these methods by growers and consumers.

Link - Alternative methods

Biological methods
Biological-chemical methods
Physical methods 

Soil organic matter

Soil organic matter - Practical information  Video  Fact sheet (PDF, 1 MB, 16.06.2020) 


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