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Research shines light on the hidden world beneath our feet

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farm soils in Wales have a richer variety and number of microbial species than in woodland, bogs and conservation land, new research has found.

The two-year study used advanced DNA techniques to identify the microscopic invertebrates, bacteria and fungi in soils that are essential to the survival of plants and animals and are also vital for food production.

NERC funds research on impact of farm land use on Thames flooding

Monday, November 13, 2017

NERC is to award £1.25m to a research project which will examine the extent to which farmers in the west Thames area can prevent fluvial flooding by choosing different crops, building soil organic matter and planting more trees.

Led by the University of Reading, the researchers will work with farmers, communities and local authorities across the area to learn how different land management methods impact on flood risk.

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