Grow Healthier Soil Ecosystems

by Healther Soils in Northampton, England, United Kingdom

Grow Healthier Soil Ecosystems

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Grow Healthier Soil Ecosystems to fight the Climate Emergency

by Healther Soils in Northampton, England, United Kingdom

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.

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Reward 2021

For every donation of £50 (or more), we'll invest 1% of your (net) contribution to developing knowledge in the chemical sciences and related disciplines in Africa.

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