Authors: H KOREVAAR and HFM TEN BERGE
Soil quality is the result of physical, chemical and biological soil processes and their interactions. Soil quality has been defined as ‘fitness for use’ (Pierce and Larson, 1993). Following this definition, soil quality may refer to very different sets of properties, depending on environmental conditions (climate, soil type) land use, farm type and management. The valuation of particular soil traits also depends on awareness by land managers and policymakers, and on the functions, these actors expect from soils, including the avoidance of environmental risks.
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