To determine the effect of soil compaction and loosening on greenhouse gas emissions, nitrogen transformations, soil quality and grass productivity

Aims & Objectives
To assess the impact of soil compaction on grassland productivity and nitrogen use efficiency, and its potential alleviation through soil lifting and aeration.

Expected Outcomes
Quantitative information on the production and environmental implications of grassland soil compaction, including the cost:benefit of aeration and the use of nitrification inhibitors as remedial actions.

Start Date
October 2011    

Completion Date
June 2015

Lead Contractor
SRUC - Research Partnership study

Other Delivery Partners
University of Reading,
Harper Adams University


Scientific literature
The presentation given at the BGS-BSAS conference 26 and 27 February 2013 is available to BGS members here.

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