Soil, a burst of life: the hidden world beneath our feet
Soil is home to a quarter of the species on our planet. As they live hidden in the soil, these organisms are too often overlooked. Nonetheless, they support us in many ways, from food production and climate regulation to medicine discovery. Therefore, they deserve much more attention than they get.
Soil biodiversity is extremely variegated. It encompasses microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi, as
well as “big” animals like earthworms
and moles. In between there is a huge variety of organisms, ranging from
nematodes, the most abundant animals on Earth, to the colorful
This course aims at raising awareness and
increasing knowledge of the secret life
beneath our feet, taking the public on a fascinating journey of discovery. It
also allows you to familiarise with European Union initiatives for soil (biodiversity)
Science teachers, high school students and the general public.
- Raising public awareness of the roles of soil biodiversity and the importance of its protection;
- Sharing knowledge on the relationship among nature conservation, soil biodiversity and human well-being;
- Presenting the main tasks of a (soil biodiversity) researcher to inform young generations on possible future career decisions;
- Informing of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre initiatives for soil (biodiversity) protection in Europe;
- Promoting long-term public engagement in the management and preservation of soils and their biodiversity insupport of the soil-related initiative of the European Commission.
This content is offered by the European Commission. The European Commission is the European Union's politically independent executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.
- 1. Biodiversity
- 2. Soil biodiversity, the what, where and when
- 3. Soil biodiversity, the why and how