Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

Scientists and society are more and more worried about decreasing biodiversity, and some experts think the world is marching towards the sixth great extinction during this century, when half of all the world’s plants and animal species may disappear.

However, one of the most important threats to biodiversity has received little attention – even though it is under our feet: soil. According to the European Union’s Joint Research Center, nearly a third of all living organisms live in soil, and only about 1% of soil micro-organisms have been identified.

In order to give some answers, soil scientists have  joined forces in the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) to develop a coherent platform for promoting the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into environmental policy and sustainable land management for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services.


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