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There are 13 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Soils".

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1. Spotlight on soils

2015 was the International Year of Soils. It's not the most glamorous area of science, but it's vital to just about every aspect of our lives - as Janet Moxley and Nicole Archer explain.

Tags: Geology, Soils, Water
2. For peat's sake

Used to flavour whisky and sometimes as fuel, the UK's peat also provides an important service in the control of global warming. Mark Reed explains why he and Project Maya are trying to spread the word and get gardeners to take a peat-free pledge.

Tags: Adaptation and mitigation, Environmental change, Soils
3. Working together for clear water

Nobody wants peat in their tap water, and in some situations it can even threaten people's health. Getting rid of it is costly for water companies, and a warming climate will increase the problem. The more they know about these changes, the better they'll be able to cope.

Tags: Pollution, Rivers and lakes, Soils, Water
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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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