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X-ray microtomography to evaluate the efficacy of paraffin wax coating for soil bulk density evaluation (2018)
Journal Article
Pires, L. F., Mooney, S. J., Auler, A. C., Atkinson, B., & Sturrock, C. J. (2019). X-ray microtomography to evaluate the efficacy of paraffin wax coating for soil bulk density evaluation. Geoderma, 337, 935-944. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.11.017

The paraffin-coated method is a well-used approach to measure the soil bulk density (BD). BD is a physical property of great importance for studies of soil quality and health. Therefore, representative measurements of this property are highly valued.... Read More

Methane transport in agricultural soil after injection of isotopically-enriched methane in the sub-surface (2018)
Journal Article
Shaw, G., Atkinson, B., Meredith, W., Snape, C., Lever, D., & Hoch, A. (2018). Methane transport in agricultural soil after injection of isotopically-enriched methane in the sub-surface. Scientific Data, 5, (180208). doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.208

Small quantities of radioactive methane (14CH4) may be released over prolonged periods from geological disposal facilities for radioactive waste. The impact of this release depends on the capacity of soil to oxidise 14CH4 to 14CO2 during transport fr... Read More

Methane transport through an agricultural soil following pulse injection of isotopically-enriched methane in the sub-surface (2018)
Dataset
SHAW, G., Atkinson, B., Meredith, W., Snape, C., Lever, D., & Hoch, A. (2018). Methane transport through an agricultural soil following pulse injection of isotopically-enriched methane in the sub-surface. [Dataset]

Data comprise methane and carbon dioxide concentrations in soil following injection of discrete pulses of methane into subsoil (50 cm depth) below a spring wheat crop during the growing season. Supporting data on soil moisture, soil temperature and... Read More

Roots-eye view: using microdialysis and microCT to non-destructively map root nutrient depletion and accumulation zones (2017)
Journal Article
Brackin, R., Atkinson, B. S., Sturrock, C. J., & Rasmussen, A. (2017). Roots-eye view: using microdialysis and microCT to non-destructively map root nutrient depletion and accumulation zones. Plant, Cell and Environment, 40(12), doi:10.1111/pce.13072. ISSN 0140-7791

Improvement in fertiliser use efficiency is a key aspect for achieving sustainable agriculture in order to minimise costs, greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from nutrient runoff. To optimise root architecture for nutrient uptake and efficiency w... Read More

Shaping 3D root system architecture (2017)
Journal Article
Morris, E. C., Griffiths, M., Golebiowska, A., Mairhofer, S., Burr-Hersey, J., Goh, T., …Bennett, M. J. (in press). Shaping 3D root system architecture. Current Biology, 27(17), doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.06.043. ISSN 0960-9822

Plants are sessile organisms rooted in one place. The soil resources that plants require are often distributed in a highly heterogeneous pattern. To aid foraging, plants have evolved roots whose growth and development are highly responsive to soil si... Read More