Healthy soil is full of life. Bacteria, fungi and soil organisms make nutrients in the soil available for vegetation and can halt the development of plant diseases. However, these small, slow-moving and lucifugous organisms cannot be seen. Despite this secretive nature, researchers at Wageningen UR have revealed the hidden underground world in time-lapse films, which also show the interaction between plant roots and soil life. The live images show viewers the activities going on underground, as well as why good soil management is important for agricultural production and nature. Wageningen UR uses knowledge gained from this footage to help improve the quality of life.
A crowdfunding campaign has generated the money for a new, exciting film that will enable viewers to watch soil life and plant growth simultaneously. A new set needs to be built for this purpose. The process can be followed via WUR's crowdfunding page (see 'updates'). Once again, Dr Gerlinde de Deyn will be collaborating with the internationally renowned artist and photographer Wim van Egmond and her colleagues Dr Ingrid Lubbers and Dr Jan-Willem van Groenigen.