Articles | Volume 2, issue 4
SOIL, 2, 511–521, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-511-2016

Special issue: Soil science in a changing world: contributions of soil science...

SOIL, 2, 511–521, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-2-511-2016

Original research article 10 Oct 2016

Original research article | 10 Oct 2016

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

Georgina Key et al.

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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.