Dathi wrote:Greetings Mika & Treegod,
Thanks for that link, what a brilliant thing to be doing.
Reading on from further links on your pages I was fascinated by the notion of remineralisation and of the various links to "Rock Dust". Great idea, so simple, logical and effective! I'd love to hear more about this, perhaps as your project unfolds.....
The links to the Scottish Seer Project were a fine distraction. Great results with a simple idea. I'll be researching this more and doing some small experiments over the next wee while. I have thousands of tiny tomato seedlings sprouting now (results of fallen fruit from an abundant crop in a now wrecked glasshouse). So what I'll do is transplant these in bunches and "dose" each bunch with a different kind of gravel / dust / sand and see what transpires.
Agrogeology is broadly defined as ‘geology in the service of agriculture,’ a study of geological processes
that influence the distribution and formation of soils, and the application of geological materials in
farming and forestry systems as means of maintaining and enhancing soil productivity for increased
social, economic and environmental benefits (Chesworth and van Straaten 1993; van Straaten and
Fernandes 1995). This trans-disciplinary approach combines the knowledge of soil scientists and farmers
with that of geologists and process engineers. Soil scientists define the soil limitations and needs,
geologists find, delineate and characterize the geological raw materials that address those needs and
process engineers contribute by concentrating the agrominerals and transforming them into more plant
available forms. Processing technology is to be kept at an appropriate level to reflect the size, grade,
location and end use of the raw material. A close liaison between geologists, process engineers and soil
scientists must be kept throughout the exploration, development process and testing, as is the active
participation of extension officers and farmers. In the agrogeological approach, communication,
consultations and interactions between the different stakeholders are crucial. Farmers and other
beneficiaries should be closely involved in agromineral utilization projects from the early phases of design
to implementation, to modification and finally to the enjoyment of the benefits. They will utilize these
agromineral materials to sustain food and fibre production for the benefit of their families, their
communities and society as a whole.
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