Soils are complex systems that are important in providing and sustaining the landscapes they support. They are built up of three main components – physical, chemical and biological and these need to function together to create and maintain this vital resource. In the past, the main focus for agricultural soils has been on the chemical (pH, organic matter and nutrient levels) attributes but this is now changing as the influence of the physical (gas movement and soil structure) and biological (biodiversity and nutrient cycling) aspects of the soil are more understood.
In this soils-focussed session for the FAS / AHDB roadshow, SRUC researchers will define what soil health is, how it is measured using simple indicators and present recent research findings from assessments of soil health in different agricultural systems along with a tool that advises on advantages and concerns to management changes.
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