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Tiny, but they make a big difference: nanoparticles build up in the environment in all kinds of ways. Tiny, but they make a big difference: nanoparticles build up in the environment in all kinds of ways. victorpuntes/Flickr

Manufactured nanomaterials are a big deal in the environment

Major advances in technology are being spawned by the synthesis and application of nanoparticles and nanocomposites. The nanotechnology revolution offers great promise for major advances in medicine, manufacturing…
It’s expensive to apply nitrogen fertiliser, but there are other ways to store carbon in soils. It’s expensive to apply nitrogen fertiliser, but there are other ways to store carbon in soils. Jiggs Images

Storing carbon in soil: potential opportunities outweigh limits

For several years, and particularly since the advent of the Coalition’s Direct Action policy for reducing emissions, the potential of agricultural soils in Australia to soak up carbon has been widely debated…
We need to get our hands dirty and have a look at our soils. We need to get our hands dirty and have a look at our soils. Flickr/JerseyRed

A more sustainable Australia: we need to talk about our soils

A more sustainable Australia As the 2013 election campaign continues, we’ve asked academics to look at some of the long-term issues affecting Australia – the issues that will shape our future. Our soils…
Megafauna such as Glyptodon were muck-spreaders. Megafauna such as Glyptodon were muck-spreaders. Pavel Riha

Megafauna extinction affects ecosystems 12,000 years later

If Earth were like a human body, large animals might be its arteries, moving nutrients from where they’re abundant to where they’re needed. Currently the planet has large regions where life is limited…
Durum wheat has Middle Eastern parents and Italian progeny, but grows best on Australian soil. Durum wheat has Middle Eastern parents and Italian progeny, but grows best on Australian soil. Mikko Kuhna

The good earth: Clare Hypercalcic Calcarosol and durum wheat

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis has profiled some of those soils and the flavours…
Nutty, comforting, wintery parsnips: good luck growing them without a Tenosol. Nutty, comforting, wintery parsnips: good luck growing them without a Tenosol. di.wineanddine/Flickr

The good earth: Boneo Leptic Tenosol and parsnips

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
Love your gingerbread? Thank your Red Ferrosols. Love your gingerbread? Thank your Red Ferrosols. Flickr/sheilaz413

The good earth: Buderim Red Ferrosol and ginger

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
Glorious green lentils from a grim grey soil. Glorious green lentils from a grim grey soil. Jørgen Schyberg

The good earth: Green lentils and the Wimmera self-mulching Grey Vertosol

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles iconic soils and the flavours they bring…
Grown on water saving soils… Grown on water saving soils… TXMagpie/Flickr

The good earth: Jasmine rice and Leeton Red Sodosol

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
The world’s best asparagus, thanks to a peaty drained swamp. The world’s best asparagus, thanks to a peaty drained swamp. avlxyz/flickr

The good earth: peaty Black Vertosol and asparagus

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
Delicious? Thank the red Dermosol. Delicious? Thank the red Dermosol. TheRogue/Flickr

The good earth: Coonawarra Red Dermosol and Cabernet Sauvignon

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
You can’t grow chips like that on a Vertosol. You can’t grow chips like that on a Vertosol. Lenka Reznicek

The good earth: Thorpdale Red Ferrosol and chip potatoes

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
Methane-capture technology in Grantham, Queensland, could earn carbon credits through Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative. Methane-capture technology in Grantham, Queensland, could earn carbon credits through Australia’s Carbon Farming Initiative. AAP/Alan Skerman

Carbon farming: a solution to global land degradation and poverty?

Today, nearly 1.3 billion people – almost a fifth of the world’s population - live on “fragile” agricultural land. Just one-third of the rural poor in developing countries live on productive agricultural…
We know how much damage tsunamis can cause, we need to know more about when and where they come from. We know how much damage tsunamis can cause, we need to know more about when and where they come from. AAP

We should have been prepared for the Fukushima tsunami

A year ago yesterday the Tōhoku-Oki earthquake and resultant tsunami hit the Japanese coastline, triggering the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. A year on, many questions are being asked about how bad…
It doesn’t look like much, but a lot of hopes rest on biochar. It doesn’t look like much, but a lot of hopes rest on biochar. Flickr/visionshare

Can biochar save the planet?

In our efforts to address climate change by avoiding or sequestering CO₂, we have shown a lot of interest in “engineering” solutions (such as carbon storage through pumping and storing CO2 underground…
We need to preserve and conserve our soils to protect our food supply. We need to preserve and conserve our soils to protect our food supply. NateLove on Flickr

Soil: it’s what keeps us clothed and fed

FOOD SECURITY - Soils can help us solve two of the most pressing problems of the coming decades: climate change and food shortage. There is more fresh water in the world’s soils than in all its lakes and…

Research Briefs (12)

Carbon released from forest growth

Dead plant material known as litterfall provides energy to soil microorganisms, leading to a release of stored soil carbon…