Soil, a burst of life: the hidden world beneath our feet

Lá amháin

Mionsonraí an chúrsa

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 springtails. 


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) protection.

An spriocphobal

Science teachers, high school students and the general public.

Cuspóirí foghlama

  • 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.

Arna thairiscint ag

Tá an t‑inneachar seo á thairiscint ag an gCoimisiún Eorpach. Is é an Coimisiún Eorpach brainse feidhmiúcháin an Aontais Eorpaigh atá neamhspleách ó thaobh na polaitíochta de. Is ise amháin atá freagrach as tograí a tharraingt suas le haghaidh reachtaíocht Eorpach nua, agus is ise a chuireann chun f

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  1. General
  2. 1. Biodiversity
  3. 2. Soil biodiversity, the what, where and when
  4. 3. Soil biodiversity, the why and how