Before joining Rothamsted in 2007, Prof. Andrew Neal held positions at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University and The University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. His research is focused on understanding the integrated behaviour plant-microbe-soil systems, developing a theory of soil as an extended composite phenotype in the process. His research places organic carbon at the heart of soil.
Combining modern techniques he is working with colleagues to develop a radically different way of thinking about soil. Neal is a regular public speaker; his work has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, at New Scientist Live events, and podcasts (Agrii’s Tramlines, Farmerama Radio and the Croptec Show’s Crop It Like It’s Hot podcast)
Discussing results from their on-farm trials in Cornwall and Northamptonshire The Land Gardeners, Henrietta Courtauld & Bridget Elworthy, regen farmer Tim Williams and soil scientist Andy Neal discuss the benefits of using microbial compost and cover crops to heal our soils, growing strong, healthy plants, sequestering carbon, improving the resilience of soils and nutrient density […]