Notification of 70th Annual General Meeting - 8th September 2016

9th August 2016

The 70th Annual General Meeting of the British Society of Soil Science will take place in the Meadow Suite, University of Reading, Whiteknights,Pepper Lane, Reading, Berkshire RG6 6UR on Thursday 8th September 2016.

The meeting will commence at 10.30am and will last for one hour.

If you wish to attend then please let me know by no later than Friday 2nd September 2016.

Councils ignoring soil contamination issues as Defra cuts funding

6th July 2016

Responsibility for contaminated soil clean-up is increasingly falling on councils, despite cuts from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a new report from the Environmental Audit Committee has found.

An estimated 325,000 sites in the UK, covering 300,000 hectares, are contaminated with substances including chemicals, heavy metals, tar, gases, asbestos and radioactive substances.

Microbes, nitrogen and plant responses to rising atmospheric carbon dioxide

1st July 2016

Plants can grow faster as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase, but only if they have enough nitrogen or partner with fungi that help them get it, according to new research published this week in Science.

The study was led by César Terrer Moreno, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, and included researchers from Northern Arizona University, the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Indiana University and New South Wales University (Australia).