Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
Original research article
10 Oct 2016
Original research article |  | 10 Oct 2016

Knowledge needs, available practices, and future challenges in agricultural soils

Georgina Key, Mike G. Whitfield, Julia Cooper, Franciska T. De Vries, Martin Collison, Thanasis Dedousis, Richard Heathcote, Brendan Roth, Shamal Mohammed, Andrew Molyneux, Wim H. Van der Putten, Lynn V. Dicks, William J. Sutherland, and Richard D. Bardgett


Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (review by Editor) (25 Aug 2016) by Saskia Keesstra
AR by Georgina Key on behalf of the Authors (04 Sep 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (09 Sep 2016) by Saskia Keesstra
ED: Publish as is (10 Sep 2016) by Jorge Mataix-Solera (Executive editor)
AR by Georgina Key on behalf of the Authors (18 Sep 2016)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Enhancing soil health is key to providing ecosystem services and food security. There are often trade-offs to using a particular practice, or it is not fully understood. This work aimed to identify practices beneficial to soil health and gaps in our knowledge. We reviewed existing research on agricultural practices and an expert panel assessed their effectiveness. The three most beneficial practices used a mix of organic or inorganic material, cover crops, or crop rotations.