TeaTime4Schools – Measuring biological activity of soils from field to laboratory with Austrian schools
In this SACT-BECC seminar we will have Taru Sanden from Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety and Institute for Sustainable Plant Production
Taru is one of the founders of the tea bag index project (http://www.teatime4science.org/), a pride example for citizen science. They use a simple experimental system: tea is used as proxies for organic matter (green tea as easily degradable, rooibos tea as recalcitrant), and is in form of tea bags dug down into the soil for 90 days. By weighing before and after the incubation, mass loss can easily be determined. The tea bag index team encourages people and schools from all around the world to perform this experiment, and they gained a huge and valuable global dataset under a large variation in soil types and climates.
Her project can be a inspiration to incorporate citizen science data into our own projects.
You can read more about the tea-time project here