Regeneration of arid lands
Helping grazing industries transition
Farming Matters Conference, Albury, April 2021
FIRE vs FUNGI
Our choice to cool the planet naturally and in time
Helping cropping industries transition
Growing urban agriculture globally
Knowledge management, collaboration and sharing
Eco-education for consumers
Landscape rehydration and cooling science and policy
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES
WHAT WE DO
NUTRITION AND HEALTH
We study biological systems, and particularly the genetic potential of plants, nutrients and other natural processes that can lead to actively increasing agricultural productivity. This minimal input farming is without the need for fertilisers and chemical controls. The aim is to enhance the performance of crops and thereby lead to greater outputs of food, fodder and fibre. These natural and safe methods will result in rebuilding the health of all farming systems worldwide.
The original creation of soil (the process of pedogenesis) provided microbial processes that ensured productive and fertile soils. Conventional farming methods over time have depleted the nutrient levels in soil. The task is to rejuvenate soil health by minimising the loss of topsoil, making soil carbon-rich and more bioactive, boosting soil biology and maintaining the proper water holding capacity to ensure efficient nutrient cycling. Reinvigorating dryland soils is a major part of our work.
The extreme conditions of a changing climate that is resulting in flooding or declining rainfall and prolonged droughts worldwide has given rise to dangerous hydrological extremes that are disruptive of all biosystems and threaten the future for all humans. We examine the global water cycle and provide informed advice into reinvigorating surface water and groundwater processes, water resources and water chemistry. The aim is for adequate water and nutrients as key components of the environment
We are passionate about communicating widely to provide advice on rebuilding naturally resilient biosystems within a changing climate. Vegetation sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, which ultimately leads to the mitigation of global warming and landscape cooling. In addition, bacteria and fungi work to break down plants and build a soil sponge that increases water availability for plants, animals and humans. It is still possible for the earth’s land surface to be regenerated and rehydrated.
Everything on earth and in our solar system is based on 96 natural elements. Of these, 30 mineral nutrients, via natural microbial processes, are obtained from healthy soils. Chemical fertilisers and pesticides have increased in agriculture. In parallel is a marked increase in a number of human diseases. Our mission is to help reverse our current health crisis by restoring the integrity of our food. Healthy people need healthy food from healthy soils.
from Earth Observatory NASA - Posted March 10 2021
Story by Michael Carlowicz, with Kassie Perlongo, NASA Ames Research Center.
For at least a century, air, ocean, and land temperatures on Earth have been steadily rising. For at least the past forty years, the planet has been growing a bit greener. Now researchers have found that the greening of the planet can change the movement of air near the land surface in ways that offset at least some warming. Essentially, global warming would be even worse were it not for extra greenery changing how and where heat builds up across the landscape.
In 2019, remote sensing scientists Chi Chen, Ranga Myneni, and colleagues at Boston University used satellite observations to show that vegetation cover had increased globally by 5 percent since the early 2000s. In 2020, the research group linked that increase in greenness to a slight offset in global temperatures.