Transferring the knowledge gained from scientific observations in the field into real-world change has always been a challenge. The broad team of scientists from the UK-China Critical Zone Programme worked with local experts and farmers to translate extensive soil observations in China into sustainable agricultural practices.
“There were some worrying findings. Across all sites, huge reserves of fertilizer were found deep below the topsoil.
For example, in the Loess plateau, the most erosion-prone landscape on Earth, over 200 million tonnes of nitrogen was found 50-100m under the ground. This equates to the amount of nitrogen that is applied as fertilizer each year around the world.”
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