The Week in Soil

The publication of the government's no deal plans/Technical Notices have confirmed it intends to uphold existing standards for UK farmers post-Brexit, effectively reiterating previous government pledges to deliver a 'green Brexit' and maintain or strengthen environmental rules.

Improved forest, agricultural and soil management is a critical tool to prevent the world from heading towards an irreversible 'hothouse' state where global average temperatures will rise even if global emissions reduction targets are met, scientists say in a new study.

Waste firm Biffa has announced an investment of £500,000 into a new hazardous soil treatment facility at its Merthyr Tydfil landfill site, which the firm said will help reduce the amount of contaminated soil disposed of in landfill.

New research into different sampling methods for carbon levels in soil give significantly different results depending on the approach - and should not be assumed to be interchangeable.

In Kansas’ western Corn Belt, farmers who adopt cover crops as part of their crop rotation are seeing decreased herbicide costs, improvement in nutrient efficiency, and better cash crop yields. Plus, the cover crops add diversity to otherwise predictable crop rotations.

Could the rush to build dams for energy in SE Asia lead to increased soil erosion and loss of soil fertility further upstream?

The impact of deforestation by the Mayan civilisation in Central America thousands of years ago can still be measured in the soil’s ability to trap carbon.

Israeli researchers say they have managed to cure fungal infections using bacteria commonly found in the upper layers of soil.