Rothamsted Research celebrates the International Year of Soils
Soil is vital for life on Earth. Its many roles include producing food, the cycling of water and nutrients and providing a habitat for billions of plants, animals and microbes. However, much of the world’s soil is at risk of degradation, affecting its ability to provide these essential functions. 2015 has therefore been designated the International Year of Soils. To mark this, Rothamsted Research, which receives strategic funding from the BBSRC, will hold a series of public events to explore the importance of soil and to celebrate our distinguished history and continued excellence in soil science research.
These events will comprise of a series of public meetings where Rothamsted scientists and invited external researchers discuss key aspects of soil science with the public, and a Soil is Life! Research Exhibition Day to showcase Rothamsted’s ongoing soil research.
To celebrate the International Year of Soils and Fascination of Plants Day, 2015, Rothamsted Research is inviting schools for a day event where students will explore soils’ key role in plant growth and why we should care about preserving this resource. Rothamsted Research has, and continues to, make a significant contribution to soil and plant science. At the event, students will have the opportunity to engage with our researchers to learn more about the interactions between soils and plants, and how this is essential to support crop and animal production, and food security. This event is by invitation only.
Rothamsted scientists speak about soil research