Scientific rationale for Soil Health Solutions

Soil is a powerful tool. It stores more than three times the amount of CO2 compared to the air, forests and other vegetation.

Our scientists have done a lot of research over the last few years on the build-up and decomposition of organic matter in the soil. In addition, soil health research is high on our agenda.  They have a large number of publications in highly regarded scientific journals to their credit. Their work forms the foundation of our tests and advice.


Reijneveld, J.A., Oostrum, M.J. van, Brolsma, K.M., Oenema, O. 2023. Soil Carbon Check _ A tool for monitoring and guiding soil carbon sequestration in farmer fields. Frontiers of Agricultural Science & Engineering. 2023.
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Reijneveld, J.A., Oostrum,  M.J.van, Brolsma, K.M., Fletcher, D., and Oenema,O. 2022 . Empower Innovations in Routine Soil Testing. Agronomy 2022, 12, 191. Download >

Reijneveld, J.A., Knotters, M., Teuling, K., van Tol-Leenders, T.P., Lesschen, J.P., van der Kolk, J.W.H., and Kuikman, P.J. 2021. Het aandeel bodemorganische koolstof (SOC) in bodemorganische stof (SOM), een eerste verkenning. Slim landgebruik, 2021. 28 pp (in Dutch). Download >

Knotters, M., Teuling, K., Reijneveld, J.A., Lesschen, J.P., Kuikman, P,. 2022. Changes in organic matter contents and carbon stocks in Dutch soils, 1998-2018. Elsevier, 2022. Geoderma 414 (2022) 115751. Download >

Lucas, S., Weil, R., 2021. Can permanganate oxidizable carbon predict soil function responses to soil organic matter management? Soil Science Society of America Journal, 2021; 85:1768. Download >

Reijneveld, J. A., van Wensem, J., Oenema, O., 2009. Soil organic carbon contents of agricultural land in the Netherlands between 1984 and 2004. Elsevier, 2009. Geoderma 152 (2009) 231-238. Download >

Factsheet: Fertile Soils: Fundamental in the struggle against hunger and climate change. IASS Potsdam, Global Soil Forum. October 2013. Download >

Reference Methods Soil Carbon Check 2022. Download >

Frostegård, Å., Tunlid, A., Bååth, E., 2011. Use and misuse of PLFA measurements in soils. Elsevier, 2011. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Volume 43, Issue 8, 1621-1625. View publication >

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