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Dung beetles and soil bacteria reduce risk of human pathogens

20th March 2019

Food safety regulations increasingly pressure growers to remove hedgerows, ponds and other natural habitats from farms to keep out pathogen-carrying wildlife and livestock. Yet, this could come at the cost of biodiversity. New research encourages the presence of dung beetles and soil bacteria at farms as they naturally suppress E. coli and other harmful pathogens before spreading to humans.


Excessive phosphate fertilizer use can reduce microbial functions critical to crop health

19th March 2019

Scientists set out to determine if nutrient history changed the function of soil microorganisms. The answer seems to be yes, and that soil treated with high amounts of phosphate can result in poorer plant performance, but even more intriguing, it appears that the soil microorganisms from this conditioned soil can negatively impact plant yield.


Grants Available to attend European Society for Soil Conservation International Congress in Albania, 26th to 28th September 2019

7th March 2019

There are 2 grants available of €500 to enable participation at the forthcoming 9th ESSC International Congress in Tirana, Albani between 26th and 28th September 2019.

Applications for the grant must be submitted by 30th April 2019 and you will be advised if you have been successful by 31st May 2019.


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