What's the problem?
Agriculture is directly responsible for 8.5% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions with a further 14.5% coming from land use change – source: IPPC special report on Climate Change and Land (2019).
Agricultural practices & land management can result in soils emitting up to the equivalent of 1 tonne/hectare of Carbon Dioxide, contribute to pollution through fertilizer & pesticide runoff and shed rainwater contributing to flooding.
What do Healthier Soils do?
Managing the hidden microbial ecosystems in agricultural soils can transform farmland by:
- Reducing GHG emissions (switch soils from GHG sources to GHG sinks)
- Reducing the amount of fertiliser & pesticides needed for crop health
- Managing runoff of pollution in catchments
- Better retaining rainwater to mitigate the effects of climate change & flooding
How will this project help?
Our aim is to develop a new modular laboratory toolkit for UK Soil Scientists to better understand microbial communities and help agronomists & farmers manage and grow their microbial ecosystems and fight the Climate Emergency.
Each and every contribution to our project counts, and will be used to meet our project milestones and/or apply for grant funding. Our ultimate goal is to deliver a full system to a UK research laboratory and establish a self-sustaining facility for Microbial Ecosystem research.