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RD 1.1.1 Soil and its ecosystem function

RD 1.1.1 Soil and its ecosystem function

The capacity of soils to provide ecosystem services are affected by complex interactions between biological, physical and chemical components of the soil

Understanding these interactions and their consequences for soil functions provides insights into how the great diversity of soils in Scotland contributes to services such as greenhouse gas mitigation, plant productivity, biodiversity and water quality. It also allows us to identify indicators that can be used to measure impacts of management on these functions.

The research builds of previous work within the RESAS Strategic Programme and on collaborations with UK and International partners. This fundamental research is providing methodologies and conceptual understanding to be applied in the contexts of developing soil, habitat and agronomic management practices in wider Theme 1 and Theme 2 research objectives.

Project Information
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Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.