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Soil Protection Department

Head of Department
PhD in Agricultural Sciences
Coordinator for International Cooperation

Smirnova Kateryna Borysivna


Leading scientists

Senior Research Fellow
PhD in Agricultural Sciences
Coordinator for International Cooperation

Semenov Dmytro Oleksandrovych

Senior Research Fellow
PhD in Agricultural Sciences, Senior Researcher

Samokhvalova Valentyna Leonidіvna


Main areas of scientific activity

  • Solving the problems of soil pollution by emissions from industrial enterprises (heavy metals and oil products) and trace element nutrition of agricultural crops.
  • Study of technogenic impact on soil cover and development of measures for detoxification of technogenically polluted soils.
  • Evaluation of the quality of soils by the content of trace elements and heavy metals, taking into account their consumption by the main agricultural crops
  • Determination of patterns of spatial distribution of trace elements and heavy metals in the soils of Ukraine and their relationship with the main properties of soils.
  • Evolution of the microelement state of soils depending on the directions of their use.
  • Determining the suitability of the territory of Ukraine for organic farming.
  • Development of measures to overcome the imbalance in the mineral nutrition of crops, the effectiveness of microfertilizers and the balance of microelements in crop rotation.

The most important research results

  • Norms of the optimal natural content of trace elements in the soils of Ukraine.
  • Soil quality assessment system based on the content of mobile forms of trace elements.
  • Evaluation of the suitability of the soils of Ukraine for organic farming according to the content of trace elements and heavy metals.
  • Geoinformation system "Microelements in the soils of Ukraine".
  • Measures regarding the rational use of microfertilizers for grain crops at different levels of fertilization with visualization in maps of regional natural features of the content of microelements in soils.
  • Recommendations regarding the implementation into production of the micronutrient optimization system for agricultural crops at the national and regional levels (Kharkiv, Sumy, Volyn, and Kherson regions).
  • Scientific basis of ecological rehabilitation of soils contaminated with heavy metals.

Benefits of our research technologies

  • Informativeness and objectivity of data.
  • Speed and accuracy of field and laboratory work.
  • Scientific substantiation of the results.
  • Provision of preliminary consultations.
  • Analysis of soil samples in a state-of-the-art laboratory created in partnership with the company Soil Cares Research (Netherlands).
  • Increasing the quantity and quality of crops and the net income of agricultural manufacturer
  • Many years of experience, professionalism and high qualification of specialists of the department.