Our Theme 1 programme is being developed across the following three strategic areas to address high-level questions concerning the capacity of rock weathering driven by intensively managed crops to capture carbon and ultimately affect future CO2-climate trajectories, ocean-atmosphere chemistry and marine ecosystems.Find out more
Our Theme 2 programme is utilising world-class controlled environment facilities in Sheffield to elucidate mechanisms and genetic controls on weathering by major warm climate crops (maize and rice) to accelerate the development of new faster weathering varieties that maximise carbon capture and protection against pests and diseases, thus reducing pesticide usage and costs.Find out more
Our Theme 3 programme is undertaking large-scale field trials to address questions concerning rates of rock weathering in agricultural soils under natural conditions and how feedbacks, e.g., via nutrient release and pH change, may increase food/bioenergy crop productivity and slow soil greenhouse gas emissions.Find out more
Our Theme 4 programme is addressing the real-world feasibility of enhanced weathering through integrated assessment modelling of its environmental and socio-economic impacts, assessment of a global sustainable supply chain capable of carbon capture and storage, and developing a responsible research and innovation framework.Find out more
We are expanding our enhanced weathering research with large-scale UK field trials, public engagement and knowledge transfer and building links with other carbon sequestration programmes, as listed here.Find out more
Jul 1, 2021
A Facebook user claims atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were 30 times higher during the Jurassic Period than at present, going on to suggest current levels of the greenhouse gas are lower than ever.
CO2 levels in the atmosphere during the Jurassic Period were not 30 times higher than at present, as the Facebook post claims, and current CO2 levels are not at an all-time low.
Jun 28, 2021
Former forest areas can regenerate with the help of soil bacteria. Even in poor soil, the microbes apparently provide enough nutrients to stimulate plant growth again.
All over the world, an abundance of leguminous tree species grows in tropical forests…but how do legumes manage to obtain the necessary minerals?
In search of microorganisms that release mineral nutrients, scientists led by Dimitar Z. Epihov, University of Sheffield, and Sarah A. Batterman, University of Leeds, analyzed the DNA isolated from soil samples. As reported in the Proceedings of the American National Academy of Sciences, microbes that are able to free phosphorus from its binding to oxidized iron populate the root space of legumes in remarkably large numbers.
Jun 26, 2021