1244: Soil Science

This paper is the taken from the 2009 Frank Arden Memorial Award Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust report, ‘Science and Technology for Farming and Food’ by Lindsay Hargreaves. Other papers cover other aspects of the report.

Year of Publication2011

Soil organisms drive many key processes, such as the carbon and nutrient cycles and are intimately involved with the control of crop pests and diseases. With a better understanding of life in the soil, there is a huge potential to work with nature to improve crop performance. These relationships can be highly host-specific and if they were better understood plant genetics could help to identify how plants attract or stimulate given soil biota and thereby open the way to modifying the signalling systems involved.

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