Diverting a disaster – food for thought. Wednesday 12th June, 6pm

Rows of a Carrot FieldAs the World’s population increases, we need to grow more food. A traditional way to grow more food from the same land is to add fertilizers, which are rich in phosphorus. Despite this, there are still low-levels of phosphorus in many soils across the World and this leads to poorer harvests.

Fertilizers containing phosphorus are used to enrich poor quality soils BUT are not used efficiently and supplies of phosphorus are running out. This could spell disaster for our levels of food production.

Come along and find out more on the alternatives to improve food production, including the use of microscopic organisms, such as fungi and bacteria.

Jaleh Bahri-Esfahani from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute will talk about the motivations behind her research project, and discuss the possibility of using microorganisms to improve agriculture.

Join us at our regular venue, the delightful Infusion coffee shop, inside Dundee Science Centre for the last Cafe Science Extra event this series. Doors open at 5.00pm when the coffee shop will be serving drinks and snacks.

 This is a FREE event and EVERYONE IS WELCOME. There is no need to book in advance but please arrive early to avoid disappointment.