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RD 1.1.2 Soil resilience to change

Trees colonising moorland


We will produce novel models of key soil ecosystems and functions for the major, semi-natural habitats in Scotland (alpine, moorland, peatland, forest, grasslands and low input arable Soil functions rely on a number of soil processes and properties including soil structure, organic matter, nutrient cycling and soil biodiversity. The sensitivity of each of these to change will determine the overall resilience of the soil function which is likely to vary among differing soil types.

The challenge is to provide evidence of changes in soil function under different threats and assess the relative impact of these threats within and between different habitats and to identify the management options that may increase the resilience of soil.

Project Information
Project Type: 
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.