This is the Food and Agriculture Organisation's International Year of Soils, which WGF is celebrating with a soil-focused conference.
WGF says soils are "under-researched" and that the conference will provide insights into soil ecology, and the importance of symbiotic relationships with fungi and other micro-organisms, plus a series of talks about important soil inhabitants.
9.30: Registration and coffee 10.10: Introduction by Steve Head (session chair) 10.15 ‘Working with soil diversity: challenges and opportunities’ Dr Joanna Clark, Director of the Soil Research Centre, University of Reading. 10.35: ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the First few Inches’ Dr. Matthew Shepherd, Senior Specialist – Soil Biodiversity, Natural England 10.55: ‘Mycorrhizal fungi and plants’ Dr. Martin I. Bidartondo, Imperial College/Royal Botanic Gardens Kew 11.15: ‘How soil biology helps food production and reduces reliance on artificial inputs’ Caroline Coursie, Conservation Adviser. Tewkesbury Town Council 11.35: Coffee 12.00: ‘Earthworms – what we know and what they do for you’ Emma Sherlock, Natural History Museum 12.20: ‘Springtails in the garden’ Dr. Peter Shaw, Roehampton University 12.40: ‘Mainly about soil nesting bees’ Dr. Michael Archer. President Bees, Wasps and Ants Recording Society.