SOY BEAN CROPPING PRACTICES: EFFECTS ON SOIL STRUCTURE & SOIL FAUNA
Dr Sarah Beynon is currently leading a British Council-funded research project with soil scientist Professor Marcelo Augusto Batista from Universidade Estadual de Maringá, Brazil. The project investigates soil structure and biological activity under contrasting farming methods. A small fieldwork study in Brazil during January 2013 generated good data that will be published and used as pilot data to generate subsequent funds for the project.
Pilot data were also collected to examine the biological importance and connectivity of the small, native Atlantic rainforest fragments or 'islands' (see below) remaining amongst the soya bean crops. Further funding will be sought to investigate the biological diversity and connectivity of these fragments – which may not have been entered by Man for over 60 years.