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A catch up from the North!

Its been a while since I last blogged for The Dirt Doctors! Therefore, I thought that I’d give you an update as to what’s been happening in my PhD world. Firstly, I can’t believe that 10 months has passed since I…
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Soil on the menu; the practice of geophagy

Last week, scientists reported in the journal, PloS One that Chimpanzees have been supplementing their mineral intake by ingesting clay soil. The ingesting of soil, or geophagy, although not widely discussed, is a common occurrence amongst both animals and humans; ingestion being both voluntary…
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ISPMF 2015 – Shanghai Knights!

I was very grateful to receive an MSB Early-Career Researcher grant in April 2015 from the Society of Biology, which supported my attendance to the International Symposium on Phytochemicals in Medicine & Food (ISPMF2015, Shanghai – CHINA). The event took…
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Soil School!

If you weren’t already aware, 2015 has been dedicated the International Year of Soil by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. It is mainly because of this that led to this blogs inception. But importantly, it was also because of…
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[Soil] Science ambush at Soapbox Science

This week we are lucky enough to have another guest blogger. Dr Jacqueline (Jack) Hannam, an avid science communicator and resident soil scientist at Cranfield University, explains about her day spent standing on a soapbox talking about our favourite natural…
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Facing the Future 2015

After a busy few weeks in the office dealing with PhD affairs, I decided to head to another science conference to increase my networks and connections. However, this one was of a very different nature to those that I’ve previously…
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Guest Blog: Soil is Life!

This week we have a guest blogger! Clare Humphries, who has been an avid supporter of our blog since its pre-conception, and is the Agrifood Information Specialist at Cranfield University, offers us an insight into her day at Rothamsted’s latest public engagement day, Soil…
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Soil data, soil information and soil maps

Many have realised that global soil information is currently inadequate for addressing the global challenges of food security, water resource protection and climate change mitigation. However, only in recent years has significant funding been invested into soils information generation across…
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A Scottish fieldwork adventure!

A number of my fellow PhD peers often ask what field or experimental work I undertake as part of my PhD research. My answer being that I am predominantly desk-based, mostly using an assortment of datasets and computer software to model…
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The final hurrah: #EGU15

Firstly, many apologies for the delay in this blog post. Thursday was the day of my presentation, and so I was preparing myself for this and having a couple of celebratory drinks and dinner after it was completed. Then friday came…
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