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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Crop Systems Engineering Seminar Series Event

15 February 2013
Room 3077, Building 32, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, University Road, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Janette Thompson on 023 80597280 or email .

Event details

"Soils: a true frontier of science"

Modern civilisation depends on a thin layer of soil covering Earth's surface.  We are thinning this critical layer at a rate slow enough to prevent immediate anxiety in society but fast enough to threaten long term survival.

In this talk I demonstrate how we continue to get soil management wrong and still lack a fundamental understanding of soils. I will argue that novel mathematical approaches are required to deal with the complexity of soils, and will explore the use of exciting technologies including X-ray CT, 3D printing and use ‘invisible soils' to make soil clear as mud in an attempt to link the processes at scales of microorganisms to emergent behaviours of ecosystems.

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Speaker information

Professor Wilfred Otten,University of Abertay Dundee,Biophysics Soil Ecosystems

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