Dr. Adrie Veeken is active in the field of organic waste treatment for 30 years in academics, consultancy, government and business. After his MSc studies in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences he started with his PhD at Wageningen University in 1990. He was active as researcher and assistant professor until 2004 in Environmental Technology and Urban Environmental Management. From 2004-2007 he was consultant at LeAF as head of the Biogas group and the laboratory activities. In 2008 he joined the Waste Management Department of the Dutch government, involved in various international waste management projects. From 2011 he joined the waste treatment company Attero where he is at present Research & Business Developer Bio-based products.
Kekkilä-BVB, the European market leader in horticulture expands business to China
As part of its growth strategy Kekkilä-BVB expands its business to the horticultural market in China in full scale. Kekkilä-BVB’s brands, Kekkilä Professional and BVB Substrates are already having a strong foothold in the Chinese market. Sustainability is at the core of Kekkilä-BVB’s business and supporting China’s high ambitions in sustainability developments. Water is a rare and expensive resource in China. Kekkilä-BVB’s substrates that lower water usage and require less fertilisers will bring savings for growers and enable more efficient use of these important resources. Kekkilä-BVB’s new office is located in the famous port city of Qingdao in Shandong province.
Biodiversity in soil
By definition, soil health means the continued capacity of soil to function as a living ecosystem - a viable community of organisms that sustains plants, animals and humans. From a gardener's point of view this would mean a substrate that sustains healthy and flourishing plants with minimal input like fertilization, raking and weeding. Soil is a natural habitat for numerous micro-organisms - most of which live in air and water pores among the solid mineral and organic particles, and most of which are beneficial for the soil and plant health, although numerous forms of pathogenic soil micro-organisms also exist. Soil micro-organisms include different species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes, of which the beneficial ones stabilize the soil and they help the water and nutrient cycling, for example by decomposing organic matter. Along with bigger organisms - worms, arthropods, birds and mammals they form the soil food web. A healthy soil food web maintains itself and recycles nutrients and materials effectively.