The Week in Soil

SOIL NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB

Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched a short inquiry into the Government’s 25-Year Plan for the Environment.

Meanwhile written evidence provided to the committee’s Nitrates Enquiry is now available to read online.

The UK’s natural environment is worth at least £761 billion to the economy.  Our forests and vegetation are estimated to be worth £105 billion for their carbon sequestration function alone.

The costs of subsidising public good for agriculture.  Should we look to Switzerland for a model of post-Brexit farming?...

… Or are peas and beans the answer to the dilemma of sustainable, profitable farming?

Could nitrogen oxide gases from oxygen poor soils treated with nitrogen fertilizers be the cause of half of California’s total NOx emissions?

Australian vines, ‘school’ the microbial populations in their soil to help them produce higher quality wine.

Just 9% of Irish drystock farms have adequate soil fertility levels to support grass growth.

Should we learn the historical lessons from the Romans, Mesopotamians and the Nile region of Egypt – that civilisations turn to irrigation just before they collapse.


WHATS NEW IN SOIL SCIENCE

Composting manure significantly enhances its nutrient value

More than half soil carbon lies below the topsoil

Even in the dead of winter, microbes are preparing the soil for Spring


SUSTAINABLE SOILS ALLIANCE NEWS

The format and speakers for our meeting to discuss the 25 Year Environment Plan is coming together and available to view here.