Sustainability

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Microplastics in soils… how big is the problem?

By Oliver Morrison

Plastic pollution in agricultural systems, much of it from fertilisers, has negative impacts on human health and productivity but little is known about concentrations of microplastics in soils. That is slowly changing, and recent studies examine both...

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New report addresses regenerative agriculture ‘knowledge-gap’

By Oliver Morrison

A widespread lack of consumer knowledge of regenerative, sustainable or nature-friendly farming marks a golden opportunity for organisations to adopt nature-friendly techniques to respond to their customers’ demands, research reveals.

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Microbes could help reduce the need for chemical fertilisers

By Oliver Morrison

Chemical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIS) have developed a coating that protects nitrogen-fixing bacteria from heat and humidity, which they claim could allow them to be deployed for large-scale agricultural use.