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New Iowa State research: Human activity affecting microbes in soil

By   /  April 4, 2016  /  1 Comment

With billions of living things doing their work in the soil, it’s no wonder we don’t know how our efforts to improve things might be affecting them. To give us a handle on it, researchers are doing some interesting monitoring and while they don’t have answers quite yet, they at least have some information to start with.

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This is how many organisms may live in one cup of undisturbed native soil: That explains why we are
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.

1 Comment

  1. John says:

    Thanks for posting this. While we may see great benefits from fertilizers and other nutrient supplements in the short-run with improved growth of plant life, it’s important for us to continue to better understand the long-term effects that could come from these activities on the micro level. If certain activities have the potential to have negative effects that manifest later, it will be crucial to look into how such effects can be avoided in the future.

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