Thank you for your interest. Future Food Beacon closed in July 2023 and these pages will not be further updated. We thank all those involved in making the Beacon a success. The University of Nottingham Food Systems Institute launched in Aug 2023 please visit their webpages for more information.


Can better understanding of our soils help us manage a future of climate change?

The rhizosphere, that thin layer of soil directly in contact with the root, and the soil microorganisms that form part of the root microbiome, are incredibly important for plant growth and development. As the climate changes, the resilience of plants to withstand extreme temperatures, droughts or flooding is being challenged. Our researchers are focusing on soils and plant roots so that we can better prepare agriculture for a challenging future.

Soils affect plant yields because roots, and the microbes that surround them, are vital for plants to obtain enough nutrients and moisture to grow well. Our researchers are focused on extending our knowledge of soils, and the interactions between plants and soils, to better prepare agriculture crops for a more challenging future.


Read in-depth stories about the rhizosphere on our blog

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