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Supercharged soils could revitalise agriculture – scientists

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By ITN News Editor March 13, 2019 12:08

Supercharged soils could revitalise agriculture – scientists

Supercharged soil is being developed by scientists in a bid to tackle the threat to global food security posed by degraded soils. Global agriculture is dependent on healthy soil, which plays a key role in absorbing carbon from the air, filtering water and transferring nutrients from the earth into the crops above. But the increasingly intensive management of both arable and pasture land to meet the demands of a growing population has put considerable strain on soil quality.The FABsoil project at the University of Plymouth is exploring how recycled and waste material could be transformed into custom-made soil and then used in agriculture.The research team is currently testing fabricated soil from a range of waste material made up of composted green waste, clay, grit and bark. On the roof of their laboratory at Plymouth plants are growing in different artificial soil mixtures in experiments to determine the best recipe of upgraded soil.

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By ITN News Editor March 13, 2019 12:08
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