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EGU General Assembly 2015 – An introduction

So, this week I’ve jetted from Cranfield to the wonderful city of Vienna, Austria for the European Geosciences Union’s (EGU) General Assembly of 2015. Incidentally, this is my first time attending this prestigious conference, and I have been excited about the…
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BSSS Early Careers Research Conference 2015

Earlier this week, the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) hosted an Early Careers Research Conference at the University of York. Running since 1986, the conference brings together vibrant PhD students in the area of soil science. BSSS regard an important…
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Musings on the Agricultural Land Classification system

In this post, Alex Cooke discusses the use of the UK’s Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) in planning policy from her prior perspective as a practising soil-scientist. Foundation for the ALC system In 1941 Hans Jenny published his famous ‘CLORPT’ equation[1] which stated…
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Environmental Risk and Big Data workshop

Last week, I left the rurality of Cranfield and headed to the lofty heights of London town. I was there to attend a NERC-funded workshop so named ‘Big Data to Solutions – Environmental Risks’. The workshop was organised and run by Cambridge…
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‘Dirt Science’ – BSSS introduction to Soil System Science

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) in collaboration with Cranfield University (CU) and the James Hutton Institute (JHI) recently hosted a NERC-funded (Natural Environment Research Council) course for PhD and postdoctoral researchers entitled ‘Dirt Science’. The week-long residential course aimed…
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#SciArt – Soil and art

There appears to have been a Twitter-storm this week regarding ‘science-induced art’. See this Nature article for more information. Using the twitter analytical website, Topsy we can see the spike in Tweets using the #SciArt hashtag at the beginning of March. The #SciArt…
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New Report: Major flaws identified in EU regulation of GM crops

The Science and Technology Select Committee  published a 5th report last week on Advanced genetic techniques for crop improvement: regulation, risk and precaution, which identifies three major flaws in the EU regulation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Present regulations are based…
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Welcome to our new blog!

Welcome to our new blog, The Dirt Doctors! Do you have an interest in all things soils, agriculture and plants? Perhaps you currently undertake academic research in this area, are thinking of doing so in the near future, or just…
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