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Zero-tillage induces significant changes to the soil pore network and hydraulic function after 7 years (2024)
Journal Article

Zero-tillage and ploughing are highly contrasting soil management practices that have distinct roles in generating soil porosity. Ploughed systems employ anthropogenic perturbation to manage weed pressure and ensure optimal conditions at time of sowi... Read More about Zero-tillage induces significant changes to the soil pore network and hydraulic function after 7 years.

Herbal leys have no effect on soil porosity, earthworm abundance, and microbial community composition compared to a grass-clover ley in a sheep grazed grassland after 2-years (2024)
Journal Article

Herbal leys (multispecies swards) can potentially deliver greater agronomic and environmental benefits than conventional grass-clover swards in grazed agroecosystems. However, despite their popularity in agri-environment schemes, little is known abou... Read More about Herbal leys have no effect on soil porosity, earthworm abundance, and microbial community composition compared to a grass-clover ley in a sheep grazed grassland after 2-years.

The effects of soil compaction on wheat seedling root growth are specific to soil texture and soil moisture status (2023)
Journal Article

Soil structure is a crucial soil physical property that determines a soil's ability to support the growth and development of plants. Soil compaction modifies soil structure by reducing pore space between soil particles thereby leading to a denser soi... Read More about The effects of soil compaction on wheat seedling root growth are specific to soil texture and soil moisture status.

The effect of organic matter amendments on soil surface stability in conventionally cultivated arable fields (2023)
Journal Article

In this study, new and traditional organic wastes (green waste compost, farmyard manure (FYM), anaerobic digestate or straw) were ploughed into an arable field experiment at a range of rates (1–3 t C ha−1) and under spring and winter cropping rotatio... Read More about The effect of organic matter amendments on soil surface stability in conventionally cultivated arable fields.

Soil structure has a greater effect on the rooting of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) than nitrogen fertilisation rate or genotype (2023)
Journal Article

Despite extensive research over the last century concerning the application of nitrogen fertilizer to support the production of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), our understanding on how this impacts on root growth in subsoils is limited. In this study,... Read More about Soil structure has a greater effect on the rooting of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) than nitrogen fertilisation rate or genotype.