Mitigate soil loss and climate change
Mitigating climate change can be accomplished by decreasing emissions combined with increasing uptake and storage of atmospheric greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. The largest terrestrial sink for carbon is soil, which is eroding at unprecedented rates worldwide. WID researchers aim to use fundamental discoveries to reduce soil erosion and boost carbon storage through -omic profiling; mathematical modeling; engineering of plants, microbes, and entire systems; management strategies; and financial and economic policy design.
Soil is a key to a healthier planet.
Much of WID's research contributes to the Soil and Climate Grand Challenge.
Explore WID news and discoveries:
Handelsman Talks Soil on Podcast & WUWM
WID Director Jo Handelsman shared a conversation on Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda and on WUWM about soil and microbes.
Continue Reading New Tool Predicts Three-Dimensional Organization of Human Chromosomes
WID researchers have developed a computational tool that can accurately predict the three-dimensional interactions between regions of human chromosomes.
Continue Reading Lifelike Chemistry Created in Lab Search for Ways to Study Origin of Life
Discovery Fellow David Baum leads a team that has cultivated lifelike chemical reactions while pioneering a new strategy for studying the origin of life.
Continue Reading Data Scientists Unite Research and Policy in New Project
A new data science project, "WEREWOLF", puts powerful modeling tools into the hands of Wisconsin policymakers to create the energy systems of tomorrow.
Continue Reading Science Outreach: A Versatile Training Tool
Genetics professor Xuehua Zhong is a true believer in the power of outreach to instill a love of science in young people and develop mentoring skills in her students. To her delight, she has found an opportunity to do both.
Continue Reading Deep in the Weeds
Xuehua Zhong's close study of an ordinary plant's cellular mechanisms could lead to big advances in agriculture and medicine. Zhong is featured in Grow magazine.
Continue Reading Our Grand Challenges
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