World Soil Day Blog #1: No Soil = No Food

To celebrate World Soil Day on the 5th of December we have written a series of blogs that dig in (pun intended) to the many connections between soils and food. These blogs are inspired by our sustainable soils research at Lancaster and include a recipe that connects our soil research to the dinner plate! We are publishing a blog a day between 21st November and the 5th of December. We hope you enjoy digging into both our research stories and recommended recipes. Enjoy – bon appetit! 

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Soils in Planning and Construction Task Force

View the online launch of our report ‘Building on soil sustainability: Principles for soils in planning and construction’  here

The Task Force is made up of professionals from across soil science, local authorities, urban design and landscape architecture. We have come together to drive better management of soils through the planning and construction stages of development projects. We want to protect and improve our vital soil resources, enabling soils in the built environment to function and provide crucial ecosystem services that support thriving places to live and work.


Cover crops under maize to manage excess water and erosion in NW England

In the UK, an increasing maize cropping area and more frequent, more intense rainfall events are accelerating soil erosion and compaction, potentially exacerbating the impacts of flooding and diffuse pollution. Researchers at Lancaster University are assessing whether under-sowing cover crop mixtures in maize affect soil water retention and movement, and soil strength as assessed by penetrometer profiles.

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Setting up a field experiment to assess the erosion control potential of cover crops

Author: Helena Ripley

My PhD research is focused on the use of cover crops to control soil erosion in hillside orchards in Spain. I am currently working on my third data chapter: a mesocosm trial to assess the effectiveness of different species and mixes to reduce soil loss under overland water flow. This blog will give an overview of the process of starting an experiment.

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