Quantifying Soil Capital Value and Soil Connections to Society: Toward Achieving Global Soil Security

This is a highlight of a newly funded Grand Challenge Integrative Faculty Team. If you are interested in joining or finding out more information about this team, please contact the team leader – Dr. Cristine Morgan, cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu, 979-845-3603.


Soil is more than simply dirt. A valuable nature resource, soil filters nutrients, produces biomass, grows raw materials for food and fiber, and secures carbon. It’s also something that needs to be protected.

Soil security requires maintenance and improvement of the soil resource to produce food, fiber, and fresh water, to contribute to sustainable energy production, adapt to climate changes, and to maintain biodiversity and function in the ecosystems. Attaining soil security involves many different sectors, including scientific, economic, and political engagement to effectively and credibly inform political and legal frameworks and implement appropriate actions.

Addressing Soil Security
The Soil Security Grand Challenge Integrative Faculty Team will work to establish a framework to provide a benchmark for valuing soil and measuring social, economic, and political change in how soil is perceived. This team will develop productive partnerships with scientists in the economic, political, and sociological sciences by training students, publishing transformative ideas, and establishing a core group of multidisciplinary collaborators.

The overall goal of this team is to establish Texas A&M University and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as the eminent world leader in soil security. To take on a clear leadership role, the College must become the top source of global expertise in designing the framework for quantifying soil security as it pertains to capability, condition, capital, and connectivity.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Soil Security team, contact Dr. Cristine Morgan at cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu or 979-845-3603.

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