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New method for quantifying hydraulic properties of soil

New method for quantifying hydraulic properties of soil
Using X-ray CT, 3D geometries of soil structure and pore spaces can now be used as parameters in numerical simulations that calculate their hydraulic properties. The method has been successfully applied to investigate soils of different textures, structures and soils that have been influenced by plant roots under successive drying. The findings have been published in Water Resources Research and the Journal of Experimental Botany. This work is a funded BBRSC project in collaboration with the University of Southampton that is seeking to predict water uptake in wheat.

Two Hounsfield students defend their PhD

Congratulations to Hounsfield Facility postgraduate students Jonathan Helliwell and Kathryn Grayling on successfully defending their PhD.

What makes the perfect spud?

Hounsfield Facility researchers showcase the potential of X-ray Imaging to visualise potato development to aid selection of the perfect spud.
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Nikon prize winner

MicroCT visualisations of maize (left) and wheat (right) roots growing in soil which won a prize in a Nikon image competition at the Tomography for Scientific Advancement (ToScA) symposium which took place at the Natural History Museum 1-3 September 2014. The image was produced by Stefan Mairhofer and Craig Sturrock using data collected by PhD student Jim Johnson.


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