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Chair of the action: Dr. Juan JIMENEZ

Vice Chair of the action: Prof. Juliane FILSER

Soil fauna - Key to Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Modelling (KEYSOM)

Soil is a non-renewable ecosystem resource under seriously pressure by land use, urbanisation and climate change. Soil organic matter (SOM) is key to soil fertility, climate change mitigation, combatting land degradation, and the conservation of above- and below-ground biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. Existing models of SOM dynamics are defined mostly in terms of plant residues input and microbial decomposition, overlooking the important contribution of soil fauna activity. Here, we bring biogeochemists and soil ecologists together to develop a research network for improved SOM models by implementing the role of the soil fauna as a basis for sustainable soil management. An international interdisciplinary approach within a COST Action is envisaged as the proper platform for both experimentalists and modellers to provide solutions. Deliverables will be provided through workshops addressing key challenges in SOM / soil fauna experimentation and modelling, support of research exchange, education of young scientists and better access to experimental data.

The Action will be organised within four Working Groups to address:

1. Knowledge gap analysis of SOM soil fauna interaction;

2. Potentials and limitations for inclusion of soil fauna effects in SOM modelling;

3. Data assemblage and data sharing;

4. Knowledge management and advocacy training;


Cost Participant Institutions

STSMs opened for application

Short-term Scientific Missions (STSMs)

We do have the pleasure to announce ten Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) for the fourth Grant Period under K... Read more


2nd KEYSOM Training School

COST Action “KEYSOM” - 2nd Training School

Linking Soil Biodiversity with Soil Organic Matter Dynamics

Birmensdorf... Read more

Bucharest (Romania)

WG and MC meeting at University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest (Romania)

COST Action 1406 had a WG and MC meeting in Bucharest from 26 to 29 September, where a specific workshop of Working Group 3 was held, with invited presentations from different key persons of releva... Read more

Bucharest, Romania

Workshops, WG and MC Meetings

Soil fauna - Key to Soil Organic Matter Dynamics and Modelling (KEYSOM)
Workshops, WG and MC Meetings


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Our Participation Ranking

  • Maria J.I. Briones
    167.44% of all actions91 Actions
  • Juan J. Jiménez
    103.04% of all actions56 Actions
  • Juliane Filser
    22.08% of all actions12 Actions
  • Paulo Sousa
    22.08% of all actions12 Actions
  • Davorka Hackenberger
    16.56% of all actions9 Actions
  • Jack FABER
    5.52% of all actions3 Actions
  • Adam OTOOLE
    1.84% of all actions1 Actions