Soil Ecology in Dry Ecosystems – SOILdarity Intensive Training Course

The third SOILdarity specialised training course is getting started!

The objective of the course is to offer the participants the chance to acquire fundamental understanding of the soil ecology characteristics of the dry ecosystems and be able to identify soil as a regenerative element of ecological sustainability. In doing so, the course will strengthen the capacities of the attendees in recognising and using biological indicators of soil health.

The course is totally free of charge but
places are limited, so hurry up! Registration is open until 10 November 2022, 23:59 (Portugal Time).

The Content of the Course

MIGAL (Israel) will lead the theoretical and practical sessions of the course that will take place in a hybrid format (both online and in-person) at the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon) from 14 to 25 of November 2022. The course will be held in English.

The objective

The objective of the course is to train primarily early stage researchers, MSc students and scientists of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and then farmers and technicians engaged in soil ecology and soil ecosystem services. This aims at increasing the resilience of territories and soils against the challenges posed by climate change.

When & Where

14-25 November 2022

Zoom online platform and Faculdade de Ciências- Universidade de Lisboa

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amventura[at] | Ana Maria Ventura (FCUL)


ccruz[at] | Prof. Cristina Cruz (FCUL)

Here below you find the theoretical content of the course.

Theoretical content
  • Systems Biology in Ecology & Agriculture.
  • The S cycle in the rhizosphere. Adding perspectives and new players.
  • Entomopathogenic fungi for the control of below and above ground soil pests.
  • Transcriptomic-metabolomic profiling of soil fungi for soil health determination.
  • Drivers of microbiome predator communities in soils and the resulting  change in their function.
  • Soil predatory mites as bio-control agents and members of the soil food web.
  • Resistance–recovery trade-off of soil microbial communities under altered rain regimes: An experimental test across European agro-ecosystems.
  • Effects of fertilizers and root stock on above ground pests.
  • Effects of beneficial endophytic fungi on above ground pests.
  • Soil microbes and invasive plant species.

The implementation of the course contributes to fulfil the task 2.1 of the project SOILdarity “Specialized training on water management, plant-soil interactions, alternative fertilizers, specifically the module “Soil ecology in dry ecosystems”.