A Land Degradation Surveillance framework could solve this problem by systematically measuring and tracking indicators of land health in Africa.
Soil scientists have rarely gone the extra mile to translate their knowledge into forms that can be integrated into economic decision making.
Farmer-led development work can improve people's lives, provide access to food and water - and re-connect them to nature.
Would you be shocked by a supermarket without carrots, potatoes or broccoli, at any time of year? But harvesting in the off-season does serious damage to our soil.
Mapping the soil with open source application is vital to understanding how to protect it.
Healthy soil teems with bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms that help store carbon and fend off plant diseases. To restore soil, scientists are finding ways to foster its microbiome.
To help feed a growing world population, restore biodiversity and slow climate change, a geologist calls for a moon shot effort to restore healthy soil around the world.
We're in danger of losing the health benefits of soils faster than they are replaced.
Microbial-based solutions for agriculture are among some of the new innovations having an impact on the sector in the developed world.
Researchers are developing biological tools that can boost crop yields to feed a growing world population without harming human health or the environment.
Lead contamination remains a persistent issue in urban soils.
Long viewed simply as 'germs,' the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
Soil is more than just dirt. It's a complex ecosystem and if it's healthy your plants will be happier.
Increasing legume production can turn the tide for African farmers who struggle with poor soils, declining farm yields and worsening nutrition in one fell swoop
Microbial-based solutions are perhaps the best-kept secret in agricultural innovation.
Eating meat means greenhouse emissions. But the emissions from growing crops may have been underestimated, meaning that a climate-friendly diet isn't as straightforward as simply going vegetarian.
Where once scientists used to be solitary creatures, today science is a highly collaborative affair, and the latest research in ecology is no exception.
Nitrogen inputs in African soil must be carefully used. If they're not, there will be unintended consequences for the environment and human health.
The world's 'drylands' – already home to 38% of the world's people – are set to dry out even more. And that could harm the soil microbes that keep soils healthy and help crops to grow.
A new bid to boost the amount of carbon stored in the world's soils has been launched at the Paris climate summit.