Project title: Soil Compaction – Evaluating the Effects of Remediation Strategies on Soil, Nutrients, Plants and Water
Keywords: Soil Compaction; Soil Physical Properties; Soil Remediation Strategies
Overview: Intensification of animal production systems, in particular the larger and heavier machinery operations, has led to compaction of agricultural soil, which drives to a reduces in soil productivity and fertility. Emanuela is investigating the effects of amendments on soil structural quality, nutrient supply and losses, crop yields, water storage and drainage. Amendments, such as gypsum, glucose and crop residues, have the potential to remediate soil physical properties and to restore soil structure and improve agronomic (grass and crop) yields. The PhD project will allow Emanuela develop her chemical and biological soil analysis skills and expand her knowledge of statistical analysis with R.
Originally from Italy, she has an MSc in Environmental Science jointly gained in Italy and Russia. When not studying, she likes spending time outdoors, and supporting and getting involved in the activities of non-profit organisations.
Teagasc Programme Area: Soils and Nutrient Supply
University: University College Dublin
Supervisors: Dr David Wall, Teagasc; Dr Olaf Schmidt, University College Dublin
Funder: EU Horizon 2020