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  • Jill Craigie Cinema Roland Levinsky Building University of Plymouth (map)

Reducing impact and improving productivity of soils

Part of the Plymouth University Research Festival 2019

Our soil is in crisis. A third of the planet’s land is severely degraded, and fertile soil is being lost at the rate of 24 billion tonnes a year. With the increasing population and our need for productive land the situation is becoming a critical and growing global problem – we need to act now to ensure the future sustainability of this precious resource.

This day-long event showcases how University of Plymouth researchers and academics are working with global industry partners to change policy and develop real-world solutions to protect soils. 

The morning session focuses on the importance of soils and why they need the protecting, with optional tours of the University’s internationally renowned analytical research capability. The afternoon session explores how we can protect the future of soils in both policy and practice.

SSA Director Ellen Fay will speak on ‘Soils & the Policy Agenda’ as part of the afternoon session ‘Policymaking & the future of soils in the UK’.