Compaction is a growing problem as farm machinery has become as big as the biggest dinosaurs that roamed the Earth. Read more about this study in Jess and John’s accessible write up in The Conversation.
Initial Sustainable Farming Incentives promising as they focus on protecting our soils.
Members of the Sustainable Soils group in The Conversation UK.
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.
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.
Urban soils support a range of ecosystem services and they need to be included in urban planning and design.
Read more in Roisin’s news article in The Conversation.
New research from our group has taken a look at how land use change, agriculture and centuries of pollution have affected stores of carbon in plants and soils across the UK.
Read more in this news article in The Conversation.
Our recent research has explored how long-term changes in land use, agriculture, atmospheric pollution and human waste generation and management has changed the flows of nutrients through our waterways.