Monday, 19 October 2015

Oxisol - Below the rainforest floor......

To help the celebration of International Year of Soil, here I am inside an oxisol!

I have just returned from an enthrawling week visiting Barro Colarado Island, a research Island in the Panama Canal, operated by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institure.  We visited aspart of a BBSRC Partnering Award to develop links between ourselves and the research group of Dr Ben Turner on new techniques on phosphorus research.  Colleagues from Rothamsted Research, where I used to work, as well as others from ETH Zurich and Costa Rica, were also partners on the research visit. 

The picture shows me standing about 1.5 m deep in an oxisol soil pit, surrounded by Ben and his colleague Dayana from the Smithsonian Soils lab.  The full set of pictures from the visit are shown here. 

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