What’s it all about?
‘Soil Your Undies’ is a fun and engaging citizen science campaign run by UNE’s Dr Oliver Knox and CottonInfo that explores soil health and allows participants to share their experiences.
For the challenge, participants receive a pair of 100% white cotton undies to bury in topsoil for two months. After this time, the undies are retrieved, photographed and the level of decomposition recorded. If the undies have decomposed significantly, there is good biological activity. This indicates healthy soil! These same soil organisms that break down the cotton can break down plant materials in much the same way.
Working with UNE SMART Farms, we will be live streaming the degradation of our undies from one of the University’s rural properties, Kirby, so you’ll be able to see what is potentially happening to your undies underground – we know it’s hard not to take a sneak peek!
The challenge will also incorporate educational checkpoints, providing teachers with the resources to explore soil health with their students further. This is a fantastic opportunity for those at home or at school to learn about soils pH, temperature and moisture profiles, and how your soil breaks down cotton underpants!
For more information on the Soil Your Undies Campaign click here to head to their website.