Super soils will feed the planet says Sheffield expert

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SOIL science will be fundamental in overcoming the growing threat of global food and crop shortages as the world’s population continues to rise, according to research by a Sheffield University expert.

Professor of Environmental Engineering Science Steve Banwart says soils will play a central and critical role in delivering enough food and crops to sustain the increasing global population.

Professor Banwart said: “Our research has shown how plants and soil fungi work together to direct solar energy to target and extract specific nutrients from soil minerals.

“Advances like this are paving the way for precision agriculture, where crops and soil are managed together to gain a much more targeted and efficient uptake of nutrients.

“It’s exactly the type of science that the UK can utilise for new agricultural technology.”