Plants in soil
Video, 2 days

Measuring nutrients in soil

Led by Dr Natalia Martsinovich

The film

A new film by Dr Natalia Martsinovich, from the Faculty of Science, shows how plants need nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium which they extract from soil. The amount of nutrients should be just right. If soil lacks nutrients plants cannot grow and fertilisers need to be added. But if too much fertiliser is added, the excess can leach into rivers and pollute them. 

Using a commercial testing kit, Dr Martsinovich measures how much phosphate nutrient is present in typical garden soil.

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Dr Natalia Martsinovich

Department of Chemistry

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Institute for Sustainable Food research

This project showcases research from the Institute for Sustainable Food - one of the University of Sheffield's four flagship research institutes.

The Flagship Institutes bring together the University's key strengths to tackle global issues, turning interdisciplinary and translational research into real-world solutions. 

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