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BBC News: “Huge knowledge gap over health of soil”

A vital knowledge gap about England’s environment has been uncovered by soil campaigners.
They have discovered that just 0.41% of the cash invested in environmental monitoring goes on examining the soil.
That’s despite the fact that soils round the world – including in the UK – are said to be facing a crisis.

Prof. Chris Collins on BBC Radio 4 ‘Farming Today’ discussing Britain’s biggest carbon store: peat.

This week (starting 3rd Feb 2020) Farming Today is focussing on the importance of peat in preventing climate change and, more broadly, providing ecosystem ‘services’ …

Natural Capital Committee launches Annual report for 2020

The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) is an independent advisory body that advises the Government on the sustainable use of England’s natural capital: our natural assets. …

Call for abstract submissions: EGU Session on atmosphere; plant & soil interactions: organic and inorganic carbon in the critical zone

We invite abstract submissions to a European Geosciences Union (EGU) session exploring organic and inorganic soil carbon across multiple soil interfaces at different spatial and temporal scales in the critical zone. Deadline for submissions is the 15th January 2020.

Call for Participants: 2-day Sandpit focused on ‘Technologies for Soil Evaluation’

Soils are critical to feeding the world as our population grows to over 9 billion people. Existing knowledge of dynamic changes in the Earth’s soils …

Soils in Practice 2019

Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th November 2019 08:30 – Arrival, breakfast & networking 09:00 – Introduction from Farmers Weekly 09:15 – Introduction from Robert Smith 09:40 – …

EAC Soil Health Report

Following a public inquiry the Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published a report on soil health…

Jackie Stroud talks about the benefits of earthworms to soils.

Watch Jackie Stroud talking about her fellowship experience on studying the benefits of earthworms to soils.

Soil Health Metrics for Environmental Land Management Schemes

A Soil Security Programme (SSP) group of expert soil health researchers and practitioners met on 20 and 21 May 2019 to discuss which were the most practical and reliable farmer-led
measurements for soil health, and their potential applicability in the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS) development.

The SSP Guide to Writing a Grant

A: Development phase Build the best team and make sure they are fully engaged at all stages of the grant – clearly identify roles and …

Grass-clover leys boost earthworm recoveries: the return of the natives

Earthworms have been in the news recently, with new data confirming that earthworm numbers are low in UK arable soils due to intensive ploughing, repeated soil disturbance and low soil organic matter. Find out how they can make a comeback quicker than you might think.

STARS members attend the World Congress of Soil Science

Three members of the STARS CDT attend the World Congress of Soil Science. Only held once every 4 years it’s the world’s largest gathering of soil scientists

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