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Unveiling the Hidden Heroes: The Ecosystem Services Provided by Aculeate Wasps

The natural world, spanning from individual organisms to entire ecosystems, offers a wide range of functions and benefits known as ecosystem services (ESs) that significantly contribute to human well-being. These services can be broadly categorized into four types: regulating services (e.g., ecosystem process regulation), provisioning services (e.g., material outputs from ecosystems), supporting services (e.g., maintenance …

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Seaweed in agriculture

Written by Dr David Cutress: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. • Seaweeds have long had suggested benefits for agricultural use• Research suggests green seaweeds to be beneficial for soil/plant amendments and redseaweeds to have some potential for animal feeds• To be able to include at meaningful levels, the production and supply chain ofseaweeds needs to be researched …

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The scorecard that unearths a soil’s secrets

A full picture of soil health can be captured by a new ‘scorecard’. AHDB technical content manager Jason Pole investigates. Not everything that matters can be measured. Not everything that can be measured matters. Wise words. Nobody would dispute that soil health matters. Now it can be measured. The soil health scorecard is the product …

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Farming carbon or farming better? – A Nuffield Perspective

My name is Andrew Sincock and I grew up on my grandparents mixed Dairy, Beef and Arable Farm in Cornwall. My first job on the farm was mucking out an old stable that served as a temporary home for new mothers and their calves. The stable was 3 meters wide, roughly 6 meters long and …

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AHDB needs new monitor farmers in England and Wales – could you be one?

What is a Monitor Farm? With economic pressures mounting, including the end of the Basic Payment Scheme this year, finding new ways to improve performance and profitability is more important than ever for farmers. One way to do this is to pool knowledge with other, similar farming enterprises. AHDB’s Monitor Farm programme brings together groups …

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Robotics and perception in agriculture: smart farming getting smarter

The National Robotarium has been set up to help bring to the field the UK’s inherent R&D expertise in robotics, Associate Professor Dr. Fernando Auat Cheein sets out its plans. Agricultural processes worldwide are experiencing fundamental changes motivated by different technology revolutions. Examples include the improvement of connectivity resources (such as 5G or 6G) and …

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Hitting rock bottom

Written by Dr David Cutress: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. • Silicate and carbonate reactions could offer a route for long-term carbon storage• Whilst issues surround carbonate minerals, silicates, like basalt rock, appear more promising• Applying crushed silicatesto agricultural soils could benefit carbon footprints, nutrient availability, pH, soil water retention and plant growth and yields• Currently, there …

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