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Soil is a natural resource, functioning as an integral link in the nutrient cycling of forest ecosystems. It is essential and irreplaceable. Changes in environmental conditions, together with some forestry practices threaten the ability of soils to function. Research into soil sustainability is thus essential to sustainable forest management.

Research objectives

The overall objective of the programme is to conduct research to ensure that forest practices do not compromise soil sustainability, and to investigate the effects of pollutant deposition and climate change on soil functions.

Current research into the sustainability of soils includes:

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Funding & partners
  • Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • reading logo 1University of Reading
  • reading logo 1Macaulay Land Use Research Institute
  • reading logo 1Skogforsk (Norwegian Forest Research Institute)
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Elena Vanguelova

Senior Biogeochemist / Soil Sustainability Research Leader