It’s something that parents all over the world have suspected forever, but now the benefits of playing in the dirt have been backed by science. In fact, new research using TERN data and tools indicates that exposure to the right kind of soil actually benefits human health at the population level and reduces our collective risk of sickness.
Every year our farmers apply many tonnes of expensive fertiliser because Australia’s soils are naturally deficient in phosphorus. To help reduce this reliance on fertiliser, Dr Ashlea Doolette from the University of Adelaide is using TERN to learn from our ‘phosphorus-efficient’ native plants and develop novel approaches that could save our agricultural industries millions of dollars every year.
Ecosystem maps allow managers to craft strategies that ensure that our unique ecosystems and their services are not lost. Unfortunately, however, there is no consistent way of mapping ecosystems across nations and jurisdictions. Thankfully, this is set to change courtesy of TERN and the University of Adelaide who have remapped the characteristics of Australia's ecosystems using nationally and globally consistent methods.
You're invited to the first of a series of engagement days around Australia to connect academics and industry professionals working in ecosystem science. This is an opportunity to learn more about existing digital infrastructure and training and skills development programs for environmental science.
Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories. This month we feature vegetation decomposition data collected at TERN’s nation-wide network of ecosystem process monitoring SuperSites as part of the global Tea Bag Index project. Grab a cuppa and explore the data...
TERN is making some changes to its land observatory. We are re-shaping our structure to place more importance on the way in which data, derived from our local, regional and continental scale facilities, are integrated and made more accessible for your research on variation and change of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia.