SARISA Programme

The Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems (SARISA) Programme has been created to provide a response to the need for an improved understanding of the soil and rhizosphere interactions that underpin the development of agricultural ecosystems.

What is the SARISA Programme?

The Soil and Rhizosphere Interactions for Sustainable Agri-ecosystems (SARISA) Programme was developed through the Global Food Security (GFS) Programme and has strong relevance to the aims of Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) partnership.  

Funded by BBSRC and co-funded by NERC SARISA has been created to provide a response to the need for an improved understanding of the soil and rhizosphere interactions that underpin the development of agricultural ecosystems.

The SARISA projects are…

Rhizosphere by design

Breeding to select root traits that physically manipulate soil – this project will address the lack of quantitative understanding of the processes that govern rhizosphere formation

Phosphorus cycling in the soil-microbe-plant continuum of agri-ecosystems

The Sustainable Intensification Platform is a multi-organisation research programme, established and funded by Defra to collectively explore the opportunities and risks for sustainable intensification, from a range of perspectives and at a range of scales across England and Wales. At the heart of the SIP is a community spanning farmers, industry experts, academia, environmental organisations, policymakers and other stakeholders.  You can find out more information here.

Roots of Decline?

As well as leaving a legacy of scientific discovery, the SSP intends to instill a new culture among early career researchers so they can develop fresh and adaptable attitudes to the future study of soil.  In particular the programme will work closely with the NERC and BBSRC Soils Training and Research Studentships (STARS) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). 

MycoRizaSoil

The Sustainable Intensification Platform is a multi-organisation research programme, established and funded by Defra to collectively explore the opportunities and risks for sustainable intensification, from a range of perspectives and at a range of scales across England and Wales. At the heart of the SIP is a community spanning farmers, industry experts, academia, environmental organisations, policymakers and other stakeholders.  You can find out more information here.

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