SOIL BIODIVERSITY AND FUNCTIONALITY
OF MEDITERRANEAN OLIVE GROVES
For over fifty years, intensive agriculture has significantly impacted olive groves in the Mediterranean Region. This has led to land degradation, loss of biodiversity, and reduced functionality, which may have affected the quality and safety of olive oil, a crucial commodity in Europe. To address this issue, the Soil O-live project will comprehensively assess the environmental conditions of olive grove soils in the Mediterranean Region. The project will consider the most significant olive production areas and their impact on oil quality. Its objectives include:
Analyzing the effects of pollution and land degradation on olive grove soils
Investigating the relationship between soil health and olive oil quality
Implementing effective soil amendments and restoration practices
Defining ecological thresholds to establish certification for healthy soils in European olive orchards
By promoting manifest soil biodiversity and functionality enhancements, the project aims to improve the quality and safety of olive oil, benefiting both producers and consumers.