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To provide representative estimates of current nutrient and pH status of soils in England and Wales - LE0301

(Transferring to SR0101 in 1994/95)

LE0301. To improve representative estimates of current nutrients & pH status of soils in England and Wales.

The aim of this study is the provision of unbiased, representative estimates of the current pH and nutrient status of upland and lowland soils in England and Wales. Soils will be tested for P, K, Mg and calcium carbonate and data relating to farm type, cropping patterns, fertiliser use and soil texture will also be collected. The survey could be used to provide information on the acidification of upland soils, the P status of soils, eutrophication of surface waters, effects of intensive use of chemicals on soil fertility and the possible impact of climate change on agriculture. Having stratified samples in place will also enable sub-samples to be taken for assessment of levels of pollutants such as radionuclides and dioxins. It is anticipated that this survey will provide base data which can be used in other studies.

Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1990

To: 1994

Cost: £241,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Soil Protection