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Conference 2015 Day 2


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Chris Collins gives an overview of the SSP and day 2 of the annual conference

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Conference 2015 Day 2

  1. 1. Soil Security Programme Annual Conference – Day 2
  2. 2. © University of Reading Aims of the day • To provide an update on the work of the SSP team and advise on its future operation • To get an overview of SSP and SARISA research projects • To investigate the potential for synergies across the projects • Explore the best ways to achieve impact
  3. 3. © University of Reading Programme aims and goals The overarching aim of the Soil Security programme is to deliver improved forecasts of the response of the soil system to changes in climate, vegetation or management at the scale of decision making. We need to understand • The ability of soils to perform multiple functions in different contexts and at different scales • Their ability to resist, recover and adapt to perturbations, such as those caused by land use change and extreme climatic events. We can then • Define suitable metrics of sustainability • Identify and prioritise appropriate management interventions.
  4. 4. © University of Reading Land and water management: a. Announce firm measures to preserve the fertility and organic content of important agricultural soils, to achieve the stated goal for all soils to be sustainably managed by 2030. b. Accelerate efforts to restore England’s priority natural assets and counter long-term declines in the ecological condition of the farmed countryside.
  5. 5. © University of Reading The Co-ordinator team Coordinator Chris Collins KE Manager Anna Louise Batchelor Administrator Sharon Burton Comms Manager Jeremy Lelean
  6. 6. © University of Reading Roles of SSP Coordinator • Leadership for the SSP, oversight of funded research and delivery against programme objectives, advice on future activities • Represent the Soil Security and SARISA to wider research community and stakeholder groups • Promote a joined up approach between the Soil Security programme and SARISA, • Links with SARIC and the Defra farm platforms • Promote the research aims and teams of the SSP and SARISA programmes, both nationally and internationally • To lead an evidence review that will advise Defra on priorities for their soils research programme.
  7. 7. © University of Reading Progress to date • Evidence review of sustainably managed soils by ADAS - workshops in Edinburgh, Aberystwyth and Reading • Visits to all the project PIs • Promotion of the programme AHDB, ESPA, AgriTech- Imperial, BSSS • Close liaison with Defra – evidence review and future research priorities. • Conference and PDRA training this year • Launch of website • Advisory Board
  8. 8. © University of Reading Soil Evidence Review findings • Need to understand C cycling better particularly in organo- mineral and peat soils. • For most ESS, we do not have a clear idea of what properties a sustainable soil should have or which ESS should be prioritised in different parts of the landscape. • Poor understanding of whether soil biodiversity can be manipulated to improve soil function. • The development of tools for economic evaluation of ESS provided by soils is in its early stages.
  9. 9. © University of Reading Next steps • Continuing project visits • Soil expertise/requirements mapping in the context of the review – practitioners, researchers and policy makers – Last Defra audit 2004 – Structured questionnaire • Joint meeting with BSSS 2016 • Further PDRA training
  10. 10. © University of Reading Agenda 09.30-09.45 Welcome and introductions. Aims and outcomes of the day Chris Collins Soil Security Programme, Programme Co- ordinator 09.45-10.10 Soil Security – a policy perspective Dan McGonigle DEFRA 10.10-10.30 Roots of decline? Assembly and function of the rhizosphere microbiome in relation to yield decline Gary Bending University of Warwick 10.30-10.50 MycoRhizaSoil: Combing wheat genotypes with cultivation methods to facilitate mycorrhizosphere organisms Jonathan Leake University of Sheffield 10-50-11.10 Rhizosphere by design: Breeding to select root traits that physically manipulate soil Paul Hallett University of Aberdeen 11.10-11.40 Break 11.40-12.00 U-Grass: Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystems in UK grass and croplands Robert Griffiths Centre for Hydrology and Ecology 12.00-12.20 Controls on the stability of soils and their functioning under land use and climate change Richard Bardgett University of Manchester 12.20-12.40 Phosphorus cycling in the soil-microbe-plant continuum of agri-ecosystems John Hammond University of Reading 12.40-13.00 SoilBioHedge: Harnessing hedgerow soil biodiversity for restoration of arable soil quality and resilience Jonathon Leake University of Sheffield 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and informal networking 14.00 - 14.20 STARS Centre for Doctoral Training Philp Haygarth Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University 14.20 – 15.20 Programme synergies: Breakout groups All 15.20 - 16.00 Programme synergies: Reporting back and discussion Group reps