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There are 23 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Soils".

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11. Soil doctors

A collaboration between scientists and food suppliers is improving how we manage one of the most crucial ingredients for growing vegetables. Sue Nelson met Karl Ritz, Robert Simmons and Guy Thallon outside Cranfield University's National Soil Resources Institute, to find out about Soil for Life.

Tags: Ecology, Farming, Fungi, Natural resources, Soils, Sustainability
12. Peatlands of the western Amazon

Recent investigations in western Amazonia have revealed vast peatlands, up to 8m thick in places. Because they are so remote, we know little about them compared to peatlands in the northern hemisphere. Tom Kelly and Freddie Draper explain how their work will help us understand these ecosystems and revel how big they really are.

Tags: Atmosphere, Climate, Ecology, Environmental change, Forests, Rivers and lakes, Soils
13. Podcast: Monitoring soil health and complexity

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Karl Ritz and Robert Simmons of Cranfield University, and Guy Thallon from fresh produce company Produce World, talk about how they manage one of the most crucial ingredients needed to grow vegetables - soil.

Tags: Farming, Food, Natural resources, Podcasts, Soils, Sustainability, UK
14. The ground beneath our feet

Fungi are all around. Mostly you don't see them, but under the microscope earth from almost anywhere in the world contains a tangle of branching, interwoven fungal filaments called mycelia. Tom Marshall explains how NERC-funded soil science will help feed our hungry planet over the next century.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Earth system, Ecology, Farming, Food, Fungi, Soils
15. Letters from Patagonia

The potential of the peatlands of southern South America as sources of information about past climates has been neglected compared to those of the Northern Hemisphere. Scientists have been tramping through the bogs of Tierra del Fuego in an effort to redress the balance.

Tags: Atmosphere, Biodiversity, Climate, Ecology, Environmental change, Plants, Soils
16. The land beneath the Lakes

The carbon in soils and vegetation needs careful management if it's to stay put. But what does this mean on the ground? Tom Marshall talked to those responsible for the Lake District's landscape to find out.

Tags: Biodiversity, Climate, Conservation, Earth system, Ecology, Environmental change, Farming, Soils, UK
17. Podcast: Rhododendrons and sudden oak death

This week in the Planet Earth podcast, Bethan Purse from NERC's Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, and Matt Elliott and Colin Edwards from the Forestry Commission, talk about a new map that could help control the spread of sudden oak death, a disease that threatens trees and plants like oak, beech, larch and bilberry.

Tags: Conservation, Ecology, Forests, Fungi, Invasive species, Mapping, Plants, Podcasts, Soils, UK
18. Plants use underground networks to warn of enemy attack

Plants use underground fungal networks to warn their neighbours of aphid attack, UK scientists have discovered.

Tags: Biodiversity, Biology, Conservation, Disease, Ecology, Farming, Food, Fungi, Insects, Natural resources, Plants, Soils, Sustainability, UK
19. Salt marsh restoration could bring carbon benefits

Allowing farmland that's been reclaimed from the sea to flood and turn back into salt marsh could make it absorb lots of carbon from the atmosphere, a new study suggests, though the transformation will take many years to complete.

Tags: Conservation, Ecology, Environmental change, Microbes, Soils
20. Grounds for success

If you had to list the ingredients necessary for Olympic success, geological expertise probably wouldn't be near the top. But the London games couldn't have gone ahead without it. Kate Royse and colleagues from the British Geological Survey (BGS) explain why.

Tags: Geology, Soils, Sustainability, Technology

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