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Biological measurements in a nationwide soil monitoring network

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  • M. Rutgers,

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    1. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
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  • A. J. Schouten,

    1. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
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  • J. Bloem,

    1. Alterra, Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • N. Van Eekeren,

    1. Louis Bolk Institute, Hoofdstraat 24, 3972 LA Driebergen, the Netherlands
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  • R. G. M. De Goede,

    1. Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • G. A. J. M. Jagersop Akkerhuis,

    1. Alterra, Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • A. Van der Wal,

    1. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
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  • C. Mulder,

    1. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
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  • L. Brussaard,

    1. Department of Soil Quality, Wageningen University, Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen, the Netherlands
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  • A. M. Breure

    1. National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Laboratory for Ecological Risk Assessment, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, the Netherlands
    2. Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, Heyendaalseweg 135, 6525 AJ Nijmegen, the Netherlands
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M. Rutgers. E-mail: michiel.rutgers@rivm.nl

Summary

In the Netherlands soil biological measurements are undertaken in a nationwide monitoring programme. The measurements are combined in the Biological Indicator of Soil Quality (BISQ). About 300 locations were selected in a random stratified design comprising stringent combinations of land use and soil type. All locations were sampled in a six-year cycle. In this contribution we describe the monitoring network and the BISQ and present average values for biomass, abundances and taxonomic diversity of various soil dwelling organisms derived from 10 years of measurements. We further highlight some results and discuss the possibilities in soil and land management policy frameworks for improving sustainable land management.

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