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Plants Feed Microbes to Get the Nutrients They Need

By   /  April 20, 2020  /  Pasture Health, Soil  /  1 Comment

A few weeks ago we talked about how plants can adjust their root exudate to encourage microbes to provide them with more nutrients during times of stress. Today, we’re looking at another way that plants and microbes interact to ensure that plants get the nutrients they need from the soil. While plants can get carbon, […]

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Plant Root Exudate Changes With Drought to Encourage Soil Microbes to Provide More Nutrients

By   /  March 16, 2020  /  Forage, Pasture Health  /  Comments Off on Plant Root Exudate Changes With Drought to Encourage Soil Microbes to Provide More Nutrients

There are all kinds of interactions between plants and the soils they grow in, and little by little we’re understanding more about what’s going on. Take root exudate for example. That’s the cocktail of carbohydrates – sugars, amino acids and organic acids – that result from photosynthesis and end up in the plant’s roots and […]

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Soil Microbes Need the Right Nutrients to Do Their Job

By   /  February 24, 2020  /  From the On Pasture Library  /  Comments Off on Soil Microbes Need the Right Nutrients to Do Their Job

From March of 2017, here’s how a disagreement about managing crop residues gave us new insight into what soil microbes need in order to thrive. In June of 2014, Grist reporter Nathanael Johnson reported on a battle between two men in New South Wales Australia. Clive Kirkby and John Kirkegaard were having it out over […]

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