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Improving soil biology for better yields
Designed for
Individuals who want to improve the biology of their soils to achieve optimum and sustainable crop yields and understand the effects different farming practises have on the diversity of organisms and population sizes and how this impacts on crop production and margins
Entry requirement
Accomplished practitioner
Dates and locations
14th February 2018, Cambridge
£225 + VAT
one day classroom-based course
CPD points
CPD points to be applied for
Keith Goulding, Rothamsted Research

Classroom module 1 (half day) –

  • What is soil biology – its various components and the soil food web?
    • Components of soil biology – microorganisms; insects; worms; plants; etc.
    • The soil food web
    • Biofilms
  • The importance of Soil Organic Matter (SOM) to soil biology and how we can improve it
    • What is SOM and how we measure it.
    • SOM and soil structure.
    • Building SOM - gains and losses of SOM via management
    • Critical levels of SOM and its economic value
    • The ‘4 per mil’ initiative

Classroom module 2 (half day) –

  • The role and importance of soil biology
    • Key functions of SOM – control of pests and diseases; human health
    • The economic value of soil biology.
    • Factors affecting soil biology; threats to soil biology and biodiversity.
    • Tillage and soil biology
    • New opportunities to use soil biology in farming.
  • Measuring and increasing soil biological diversity on farm.
    • Research approaches; sampling methods; practical on-farm approaches.
    • Managing and increasing soil biological diversity
  • Take-home messages and further reading.

Trainers are accredited by ARTIS Participants receive and ARTIS Accredited Certificate