NMI contributes to the quality and sustainability of our environment. The environment in this context is broader than just agriculture. It includes natural areas, recreational areas and sports grounds. The aim is an optimal relationship between soil quality and land use where the environmental impact on the atmosphere and ground and surface water is limited. The NMI contributes to this by using mathematical models and advice.

Ammonia emission
One of the adverse effects of the use of nutrients in agriculture is that natural habitats are enriched with nutrients, for example as caused by N deposition, especially in the form of ammonia. NMI applies her knowledge in the field of ammonia emissions and sustainable production to prevent accumulation of ammonia so that production is not negatively affected. We are working to reduce company-level emissions of ammonia in an innovative way to improve growth. Examples include low-emission application techniques, adjusting the dose and biological acidification methods. An integrated approach to the soil-plant-animal-environment system thus creates sustainable and economically viable solutions.

Conversion of agriculture to nature
When arable land is converted back to nature the accumulation of phosphate in the soil can limit the development of the natural habitat. NMI maps the natural soil fertility, including the phosphate status of the soil and advises on the measures to take for development of the natural habitat.

Sustainable balance between agricultural practices and water quality
Sustainable land use and a good allocation of land use within the rural areas is of importance. By conducting trials and using our expertise and model simulations the NMI is continuously looking for customized win-win situations for both soil and water management. The NMI has developed a nutrient model, the Soil Explorer. Because the Soil Explorer can give insight into water and soil quality, soil and nutrient management and can take natural soil fertility and hydro-geological conditions into account. Focus on good soil structure and nutrient supply contributes to optimum crop production and reduced emissions to the surface water and groundwater.

Nutrient advice for sports and recreation
The green space is also used for sports and recreational activities. This requires a different kind of soil management. NMI develops and provides advice on management of sports fields with the focus on the efficient use of nutrients.

Soil Consultancy for urban green areas
Within the subject of Soil Consultancy NMI can give a wide range of advice on improvement, management and the use of land for planting in urban green areas. This advice is based on the composition of the soil (nutrients, contaminants, texture, organic content) and can also include areas used for roads, paths and waterways. NMI has for example, developed recommendations for soil improvement to benefit planting along (national) roads and in the design of residential areas, parks and town centres.

Contact: Debby van Rotterdam and Gerard Ros
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