TUdi is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to develop, upscale and popularize soil healing strategies in three major agricultural systems and farm typologies across Europe, China and New Zealand. The execution time is from July 2021 to June 2025. In order to do this, co-funded by the European Commission and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) under the H2020 program，TUdi relies on 15 research institutions and SMEs from all over the world, as well as a network of 42 cooperating stakeholder organizations and 66 long-term experiments and monitored farms in the participating countries.
At the European Geosciences Union (EGU) Conference held in Vienna, Austria from April 23 to 28, and the project partners jointly convened an SSS9.12 session on April 26, which entitled "Challenges in cooperative research between EU-China on sustainable use of soil and water resources in agricultural systems" and delivered a series of academic reports. The session, jointly led by Jose A. Gomez and TUdi’s Chinese partners Xiaoping Zhang, was attended by around 15 people on site and another 15 online, mainly from China.
The session was attended by the Institute of Agricultural Sustainability of the National Scientific Research Council of Spain, Northwest A&F University, Hungarian Agricultural Research Center, Czech Technical University in Prague, Beijing Forestry University, China Agricultural University, Beijing Normal University, Northwest University, and Chang'an University. The oral presentation focused on soil degradation assessment, steep slope soil erosion process, historical evolution and comparison of world soil erosion mapping, soil moisture observation, optimal utilization of soil and water resources, soil nutrient stoichiometric response, improvement of indoor erosion process observation instruments, contribution of vegetation root water extraction to evapotranspiration, influence of social network on fruit tree fertilizer use efficiency and so on other report.
The meeting facilitated discussions and exchanges between Chinese and European research teams in areas related to soil and water conservation research, especially the comparison of strategies for optimal use of water-soil resources in different agricultural systems in different environments and scales; Enhancing complementarity between basic and applied science research to provide stakeholders with viable response technologies; Digital agriculture and basic and applied research to promote the synergy of sustainable agricultural systems. The common challenge for China and Europe is to increase food production and quality while enhancing agro-ecosystem services and improving the lives of rural farmers. The rational use of water-land resources is at the heart of this challenge.
Overall, TUdi's project partners made a strong showing at EGU 2023, demonstrating their commitment to advancing sustainable soil and water resource management in agriculture through innovative research and collaboration.