Earth and Environment

Soils and landscapes


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"Man – despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication, and his many accomplishments – owes his existence to a six inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains." Anonymous

Soil – we cultivate it, walk on it, take it for granted, or perhaps do not even consider it at all. Our scientific understanding of soil, however, is quite different.

Soil provides a habitat for billions of organisms and contributes to global biodiversity. It provides us with ecosystems critical to our life on earth. Soil is a growing medium; it filters water and wastewaters, stores carbon and underpins our agricultural industries, providing us with food and fibre.

Research groups and projects

Our main areas of research include:

  • greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon
  • land rehabilitation, waste reuse and soil contamination
  • plant nutrition, soil nutrient cycling and the rhizosphere
  • soil water dynamics
  • critical zone science and soil genesis.

Specific research groups include:

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