Lots of science in this Week in Soil: a soil microbe that breaks down forever chemicals, new medicines found in the world’s driest desert, worms threatened by microplastics, methane-releasing tundra soils, sunflower altruism, 3D visualising of crop roots and microorganisms and molecular changes to avoid soil liquefaction; plus the German Environment Prize, a giant Swiss birdhouse and much more.
Lots going soil-wise this week: eco-friendly burial methods, increased soil health practices in US farming, the soil-restorative powers of chickpeas, a breakthrough in crop growth on marginal soils, the constant compaction challenge, collecting underground soil samples from an asteroid - and much more!
Combating desertification, drought and soil erosion; cutting farm ammonia; scientists discover how iron unlocks phosphorous, novel anti-inflammatory health-giving lipid, and which organisms increase in diversity after radiation; comparing the soil microbiome to human gut flora; update on the Sustainable Farming Association and why agriculture should be driven by environmentalists.
Our thoughts on the new Environment Agency soils report, soils in landfill, studies exploring extraction of heavy metals, the Foodshot Global soil innovation prize, summaries of Global Soil Week and the Symposium on Soil Erosion, the health benefits of fatty acids in soil bacteria and more in our latest Week in Soil roundup.
This Week in Soil: Global Soil Week, Fera’s Big Soil Community soil sampling update, Cereals 2019, devastating topsoil loss, teabags the latest soil health tool, America’s new soil health drive, Ghana’s millennial agricultural entrepreneurs, investing in soil health and the overwhelming benefits of nature for wellbeing.
Loss of biodiversity and ecosystems threatens human life as much as climate change and the role of soil as a solution; the myth of 100 harvests; plant-based remedies for salty soils; soil bacteria that destroys nitrous oxide; the efficacy of bio-fertilisers; degraded soils in the Niger; a new nature-friendly farming film and so much more in our latest soil news update.
Soil degradation as a driver of climate change, improving the Environment Bill, the devastating impact of rural poverty on farmers, conservation agriculture in Scotland, China and France, how to make soil science engaging, the release of beavers in the UK and lots more in this week’s soil news roundup.