Better soil data key for future food security

22nd June 2016

To project how much food can be produced in the future, researchers use agricultural models that estimate crop yield, or how much of a crop can be produced in a certain amount of space. These models take into account factors like climate and weather variability, irrigation, fertilizer, and soil type.

A new study published in the journal Nature Communicationsshows that the type of soil used in such a model can often outweigh the effects of weather variability--such as year to year changes in rainfall and temperature.

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