Currently there is great interest in soil health, such as the Parliamentary Soil health inquiry and the 25 year plans for the Natural Environment and Food and Farming. The Soil Security Programme would like to invite you to participate in a survey to address issues surrounding soil health and determine if we can choose appropriate indicators to measure it.
Findings from one of the first comprehensive field studies by a collaborative team of researchers demonstrate the active layer microbiome of tundra soil was significantly altered after only 1.5 years of experimental warming -- a rapid response demonstrating high sensitivity of this ecosystem to warming.
BSSS Council Member Dr Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute) has written an article on behalf of the Society stressing the importance of soils in the February 2016 edition of "Adjacent Government" which is now available online. The article can be found on page 174/175
BSSS member Richard MacEwan has kindly emailed some photographs from the 2015 World Soil Day celebrations in Melbourne, Australia
Scientists have wondered for years how legumes such as soybeans, whose roots host nitrogen-fixing bacteria that produce essential plant nutrients out of thin air, are able to recognize these bacteria as both friendly and distinct from their own cells, and how the host plant's specialized proteins find the bacteria and use the nutritional windfall.