On 3-7th of December Open Access Centre coordinator and junior researcher dr. Vaida STEPONAVIČIENĖ (Institute of Agroecosystems and Soil Sciences) and associate professor dr. Aušra SINKEVIČIENĖ (Institute of Agroecosystems and Soil Sciences) was in the Department of Agroecology, Soil Physics and Hydropedology the Aarhus university in Denmark.
The Department of Agroecology carries out research in agroecology, that is to say the interaction between plants, animals, humans and the environment within agroecosystems for the production of food, feed, energy and biobased products. The vision of the department is to belong to the elite of research institutions that work with agroecosystems and aims to create, develop and transfer groundbreaking knowledge that can promote society’s bioeconomy nationally and internationally. The department is primarily concerned with research within the fields of climate, soil quality, bioenergy, lifecycle assessment, integrated pest management, aquatic environment technologies and production systems.
The department carries out both basic and applied research in collaboration with researchers from Aarhus University as well as other universities and research institutions in Denmark and abroad. The department also collaborates with the agricultural sector and private businesses.Soil is the basis for life and plays a crucial role with regard to our food security, protection of the environment and climate changes. Cultivated soil is threatened due erosion, soil compaction, loss of soil carbon, and sealing. Soil – the thin and fragile crust of the earth – is complex and not fully understood but scientific research carried out in section contributes to increased insight into the importance of soil for life on earth. The aim of the section is create a basic understanding of soil’s physical, chemical and hydrological processes as well as to achieve quantitative insight into the spatial distribution of soil characteristics on a local, regional and national scale.
Our aim was methods and measurement in the soil physics laboratory and discussion about business cooperation whit Dept of Agroecology and suggestions for further cooperation. December 5th we attended participation in the World Soil Day event in the Soil Physics and Hydrogeology section. The program included presentations by senior scientist in the section, group work on soil science in relation to the UN Sustainability Development Goals and demonstration of different techniques in the laboratory.