Articles | Volume 6, issue 2
SOIL, 6, 453–466, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-453-2020
SOIL, 6, 453–466, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-6-453-2020

Original research article 05 Oct 2020

Original research article | 05 Oct 2020

Targeting the soil quality and soil health concepts when aiming for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Green Deal

Antonello Bonfante et al.

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