17th June - World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

Desertification is of growing concern in Portugal, as current climate change models predict decreasing annual precipitation, accompanied by higher intensity precipitation events (especially in the wet season), and increased evapotranspiration. SOILCOMBAT aims to engineer the sponge function of Portuguese pasture soils with ‘tailor-made’ biochar (i.e. the carbon-based product of biomass thermal degradation), in a collaboration between the UA, IST-DT, ISA and Terraprima. It focuses on sustainably increasing the amount of water that soil can soak up and subsequently release, thereby making it more available to plants, as a strategy to increase the adaptation capacity of pastures to climate...

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