CMI’s R&D partners with ISTRO, the International Soil Tillage Organisation

In a gram of soil, there are one million bacteria and one million fungi. This microbial flora plays the same role as that of the digestive systems of human beings and makes soil a support and a veritable pantry for plants. Since its creation, the Groupe Roullier has been aware of the importance of soil and develops solutions to stimulate its biological activity to make the most of its potential as a fertiliser. As an example, they act on micro organisms which are involved in the degradation of crop residue or in the metabolisation of nitrogen, etc.

We estimate knowledge of this microbial environment at 10% which is why this research is a broad field of investigation. Therefore, soil is the subject of the ISTRO, an international association whose aim is to stimulate research into tillage (including zero tillage and covering the soil with plants), compacting and, more broadly speaking, contribute to soil protection and the improvement of its quality. The association also aims to promote the application of the research results in agricultural practice.

The ISTRO organises an international conference every three years to assess progress in terms of research and innovation attracting around 350 participants (researchers, development engineers, technical or agricultural machinery institutes, educators). From Monday 24 to Thursday 27 September 2018, France hosted the conference for the first time, its 21st edition, in Paris. The CMI is involved in this event as a partner with already well-established scientific credibility.

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