Why no-till? A soil biota perspective

Agricology Discussion Tent

The importance of soil health is becoming increasingly recognized, and is one of the main drivers of the move to conservation agriculture. The health of a soil is largely dependent on the soil biota, many components of which can do important work to increase the sustainability of agriculture if we provide them with a habitat that allows them to flourish. In this talk Simon will provide a brief overview of the soil as a habitat and some of the important components of the soil biological community before drawing on research from his experiments and the scientific literature to answer the question as to why no-till, conservation agriculture is vital for improving the sustainable use of our soils, with consequences that extend beyond the farm and  food production sectors.