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Coverage of soil biology since July 19, 2020.

The Advantages of Cover Crops

"...The usage of cover crops is on the rise across the prairies and one of the speakers at the Thanks for Farming Tour that's stopped in Swift Current right now has experienced the benefits..."


3 things you should know about soil biology, space tourism, and the healing power of nature The Channel

"...When most of us hear the words "soil biology," we think of worms, beetles, and other creepy-crawlies. While these critters do play an important engineering role by mixing and shaping soil, the ecosystems underfoot are actually much more complex than what we see with the naked eye..."


Deforestation favors an increase in the diversity of antibiotic-resistant soil bacteria

"...In Brazil, a study conducted by researchers affiliated with the University of São Paulo (USP) and collaborators showed that deforestation in the Amazon causes an increase in the diversity of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. An article on the study, published in Soil Biology and Biochemistry, compares the microorganisms that live in the soil of native forest with those found in pasture and croplands. The researchers found a far larger number of genes considered markers of antibiotic resistance in deforested than forested areas..."


Native bushland's fertility secret

"..."These actinobacterial communities contribute to global carbon cycling by helping to decompose soil nutrients, increase plant productivity, regulate climate support ecosystems - and are found in abundance in warm, dry soil conditions common in Australia. "..."


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Recent episodes that mention soil biology.

Agronomy Geeks, Ep 23: Laura Van Eerd

Duration: 21:36

"...What does it take to be a soil champion? If youre Laura Van Eerd, professor at University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus, it means being curious about soil biology and crop production and constantly fascinated about what we have yet to learn about nutrient cycles, microbes, and more..."


Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about soil biology.

Soils and Spuds: Trying new tools to preserve soil biology

"...The Soil Health Institute thanks McCain Foods for the financial support that made this production possible..."


Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."


Cotton Soil - Conventional and No Till

"...Matt Fryer, University of Arkansas Soils Instructor, examine soils from fields where conventionally planted cotton, cover crops and no till were used..."


Soil Health Planning Principles: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 3

"...Soil function is related to the four ecosystem processes of carbon cycling, biocommunity cycling, water cycling and nutrient cycling, which are in every agroecosystem..."


Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about soil biology relevant to the latest news.

The effect of seaweed extract on tomato plant growth, productivity and soil

"...A broader understanding of the effects of SWE on the plant-soil ecosystem may offer breakthrough approaches for sustainable food production..."


The diversity and abundance of soil macrofauna under different agroforestry practices in the drylands of southern Ethiopia

"...Within agriculture, monoculture based systems are the most common which often result in low biodiversity because they impact the abundance, diversity, and composition of soil macrofauna (SMF)..."


Sampling Methods for Soil and Litter Fauna

"...The soil is an important resource for several ecosystem and biosphere processes..."


Valorizing biomass to engineered biochar and its impact on soil, plant, water, and microbial dynamics: a review

"...Besides it discusses about biomass through biochar which can help to establish a relationship with soil, plant, and water to manage soil fertility?related issues and microbe interactions..."


Effect of land use changes on soil microbial enzymatic activity and soil microbial community composition on Maryland's Easte

"...We compared microbial enzymatic activity and community composition in small, undisturbed, family cemetery soils and surrounding agricultural fields or suburban lawns to determine the effect of land use changes on soil biology..."


Forest floor and soil properties in different development stages of Oriental beech forests

"...In addition, nitrogen sequestration correlated positively to C, the sand content, and fine root biomass and negatively to the C/N ratio, soil porosity, and aggregate stability..."


Effects of weeding and fertilization on soil biology and biochemical processes and tree growth in a mixed stand of Dalbergia od

"...Weeding and fertilization decreased microbial biomass but increased soil respiration, inhibited mineralization, had not effect on leaching of soil nitrogen, and improved the nutrient status of plantation soil..."