From: Coping with conflict – Footsteps 36

Ideas for helping to resolve conflict within and between communities

Using the heat of the sun to sterilise seed beds is a cheap and simple method of sterilising soil. When planting seed beds it is very helpful first to reduce the number of micro-organisms found naturally in the soil which can cause disease. There are chemical methods of doing this but they are expensive and may result in pollution.

Solarisation is a technique developed in Israel in 1974. It uses plastic sheets to cover the soil to be prepared as a seed bed.


Information on desinfestacion de semilleros sent in by Leyder Ruíz and Jorge Giraldo of IMCA, Buga, Colombia.

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