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See detailAn indicator for organic matter dynamics in temperate agricultural soils
Wesemael, Bas Van; Chartin, Caroline; Wiesmeier, Martin et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment (2019), 274

The heterogeneity of soil organic matter (SOM) and the small changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) compared to large total SOC stocks hinder a robust estimation of SOC turnover, in particular for more ... [more ▼]

The heterogeneity of soil organic matter (SOM) and the small changes in soil organic carbon (SOC) compared to large total SOC stocks hinder a robust estimation of SOC turnover, in particular for more stable SOC. We developed a simple fractionation protocol for agricultural topsoils and tested it extensively on a range of soils in southern Belgium, including farmed soils, soils from long-term field trials, and paired sites after recent conversion to conservation farming. Our simple fractionation involves shaking the soil, wet sieving over 20 μm and analysing the SOC concentration in the soil as well as in the fine fraction (<20 μm). Eight biological indicators measured in an earlier study across the same monitoring network for the 0–10 cm topsoil were analysed in a conditional inference forest model in order to investigate the factors influencing the SOC fractions. Soil microbial biomass N explained the largest proportion of variation in both fractions. The fine fraction was also associated with factors explaining the regional trend in SOC distribution such as farmyard manure input, precipitation, land use and flow length. The variation in SOC content between treatments both in long-term trials and in farmers’ fields converted to conservation management was mainly attributed to changes within the coarse fraction. Thus, this fraction proves to be sensitive to management changes, although care should be taken to sample deep enough to represent the former plough layer inherited from the conventional tillage practice. Furthermore, the ratio between the coarse and the fine fraction showed a linear relationship (r² = 0.66) with the relative changes in SOC concentration over the last ten years. These fractions derived from a simple analytical approach are thus useful as an indicator for changes in SOC concentration. In analogy to biological indicators such as the soil microbial biomass C, the relationship between the fractions and relative changes in SOC concentration are likely to depend on climate conditions. Our methodology provides an indicator for use in routine analysis of agricultural topsoils, which is capable of predicting the effects of management practices on SOC concentrations in the short to mid-term (5–10 years). [less ▲]

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See detailWalloon researchers on ecosystem services... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Authelet, Manon ULiege; Breyne, Johanna ULiege et al

Poster (2017, December 12)

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See detailEcosystem services in Wallonie ... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Pipart, Nathalie; Dendoncker, Nicolas et al

Poster (2016, December 13)

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See detailEcosystem services in Wallonie ... What's up?
Maebe, Laura ULiege; Nathalie, Pipart; Brogna, Delphine et al

Poster (2016, September 20)

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale ... [more ▼]

In Wallonia, a growing amount of projects on ecosystem services (ES) are conducted. These projects implement the ES concept at different spatial scales (ranging from the country scale to the plot scale), focus on some particular ES or consider all of them and finally, rely on one or multiple valuation types (i.e. biophysical, social and economic). With their multiple dimensions they feed each other with reflexions and methods. The aim of the stand is to give an overview of these ongoing projects taking place in Wallonia. Their similarities and common objectives will be highlighted on posters while their specificities will be presented by means of games, activities, quiz, etc. We hope to stimulate discussions and debates on our methods and results, to foster networking and knowledge exchange. Hereunder, we give a short overview of these projects to give hints on the diversity addressed by our stand. At the Belgian scale, BELBEES, a project funded by BELSPO, aims to identify the factors responsible for the decline of wild bees. Different hypotheses are tested, including the impact of land-use changes and the reduction of floral resources availability at geographical and temporal scales. The results will allow tracking historical community-level changes in pollination service at a biogeographical scale. Such initiative is a step forward in the perspective of ecosystem service mapping. In Wallonia, various projects on ES are underway: Wal-ES, a federating platform between the Walloon administrations and the scientists, aims to create and disseminate decision support tools based on the ecosystem services concept. In order to build the common core for these tools, Wal-ES defines a conceptual framework, an integrated ecosystem services valuation framework and a database regrouping all the information needed to assess ES in Wallonia. This platform helps to conduct a practical application of its integrated ES valuation framework to land planning at a local scale. This application aims to define a methodology for impact assessment of land-consolidation plans based on ES while testing it on a case study covering three municipalities in Wallonia. LIFE IN QUARRIES aims to develop biodiversity and ecosystem services in Walloon active quarries. One of its actions is the assessment and the monitoring of ES provided by a quarry regarding the restoration, maintenance and management of the nature undertaken during the project. BIOECOSYS project is focused on qualitative and quantitative assessment of ecosystem services provided by grasslands according to their management and their territorial context. The field study aims to determine production services under different soils and climatic conditions while the goal of the regional study is the mapping of several ES (production and regulation services). Other projects focus on a more regional or local scale: The first one studies the impact of forest cover on regulating services at the regional scale. This study investigates the impact of forest cover on hydrological services (i.e. water supply, water damage mitigation) in terms of quantity, timing and quality. The methods studying the impact of forest cover on water quality and carbon storage regulation service will be presented as well as the results of the impact of forest cover on the quantity and timing aspects. Secondly, a PhD project is looking at sown wildflower strips in agricultural fields. In the project, it is tested whether increasing the functional diversity of the flower mixtures used in wildflower strips can be a tool to optimize pollination and biodiversity support services. Another PhD research project is underway, willing to explore the relationships between biodiversity, functional diversity and the delivery of ecosystem services (pest control and pollination) in agricultural landscapes. This project aims at identifying the role of landscape and its ecological infrastructures (mainly Agro-Environment Schemes) on the species and functional traits composition of different arthropods assemblages. We will then link these diversity patterns to the provisioning of the ecosystem services of interest. Ongoing work also addresses agricultural practices, by analysing the contribution of agroecological farming systems to the delivery of ecosystem services. This project relies on an integrated valuation including both a biophysical and a social valuation. Focusing on the same fields as the above project, this one attempts to develop an innovative method to assess ecosystem services in agricultural fields by means of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones). [less ▲]

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See detailLes services écosystémiques des prairies
Dufrêne, Marc ULiege; Campion, Morgane

Conference given outside the academic context (2015)

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See detailL'élevage des ruminants, un élément clé de notre territoire
Hautier, Louis; Campion, Morgane; Ninane, Maxime ULiege et al

in Centre wallon de Recherches agronomiques (Ed.) 19ème Carrefour des Productions Animales "La viande bovine remise en question : de sa production à sa consommation", Gembloux, le 19 février 2014 (2014)

Parallèlement à l'extension de l'agriculture, l'élevage s'est développé pour la fourniture de produits alimentaires (lait, viande) et non alimentaires (cuir, laine) mais également par l'apport de la ... [more ▼]

Parallèlement à l'extension de l'agriculture, l'élevage s'est développé pour la fourniture de produits alimentaires (lait, viande) et non alimentaires (cuir, laine) mais également par l'apport de la traction animale aux agriculteurs et la restitution d'éléments fertilisants. Ceci a notamment contribué, dans nos régions, au développement du système à jachère et culture attelée. Au cours des dernières décennies, l'agriculture s'est fortement intensifiée grâce à l'énergie fossile utilisée pour la production d'intrants, de concentrés, la mécanisation et le transport des produits alimentaires. Cette intensification de l'agriculture au niveau mondial a conduit à la spécialisation des exploitations avec une dissociation de l'élevage et de la culture en bassins de production avec des conséquences très dommageables sur l'environnement. De nos jours, les productions bovines représentent 54 % des principales orientations technico-économiques en Wallonie, selon la nouvelle classification européenne (OTEX). L'élevage bovin en production est composé de 500 601 têtes : 41 % de laitières et 59 % d'allaitantes. Il est fortement basé sur la valorisation des prairies permanentes qui occupent plus de 45 % de la surface agricole utile et concerne plus de 86 % des exploitations agricoles wallonnes sur les 13 301 recensées en 2012.Toutefois, l'élevage est de plus en plus critiqué par la société à cause de ses impacts négatifs sur l'environnement et de considérations liées au bien-être animal.De plus, dans certaines exploitations, mise en concurrence des zones de grandes cultures avec les zones herbagères pour la production de lait et viande, difficultés et contraintes du métier d'éleveur. L'arrêt de cette activité pose la question du devenir de la surface agricole qui lui était allouée. Dans ce contexte, il paraît important de passer ici en revue les principaux services liés à l'élevage de ruminants en Wallonie afin d'identifier par la suite les conditions qui permettent l'optimisation de ces derniers tout en limitant les nuisances connexes et ceci dans le but d'objectiver la situation. [less ▲]

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