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Sustainability, Volume 12, Issue 8 (April-2 2020) – 434 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Sustainability in viticulture requires deeper knowledge of the issues related to soil management in [...] Read more. Sustainability in viticulture requires deeper knowledge of the issues related to soil management in response to provided vineyard ecosystem services. The paper reports the effects of alternate inter-row cover cropping (CC), with Vicia faba, on soil organic carbon (SOC), nitrate, and microbial diversity in a vineyard in a semiarid region in Southern Europe. Surprisingly, 8 years of CC management, compared with conventional tillage (CT), had no relevant effect on SOC, although it almost doubled soil biomass and increased nitrate content. CC and CT have an opposite influence on fungal and bacterial diversity, although low beta diversity was observed. Results highlight that the current CC management in semiarid vineyards does not maximize the ecosystem services. Developing a proper management protocol for vulnerable vineyard soils is strongly required to achieve land degradation neutrality. View this paper