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Exploring the links between soil microbiome and carbon sequestration in soil


Project objectives

Orchards provide a natural sink for carbon dioxide but we need to improve our understanding of how the soil microbiome can be manipulated to improve soil carbon storage capability. NIAB scientists will work with Verdant Carbon to understand the links between soil microbial abundance/diversity and the volume of carbon sequestered in different agricultural crops (arable, pasture, orchards). They aim to identify any correlations between levels of specific soil microbes and soil carbon content across the soil profile (10-100 cm) and between soil management practices (regenerative and conventional).

Lead Researcher: Matevz Papp-Rupar
Industry: Fruit, Vegetables & salads, Pulse grains or cereals
Industry partners: Verdant Carbon
Topic: Soil & substrates
Funded by: Growing Kent & Medway
Project start date: Jun-2023
Project end date: May-2024