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Teeming with Microbes - soil food web,
This review is from: Teaming with Microbes: The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web (Hardcover)
This is a must read for all gardeners, green warriors, ecologists and anyone intersted in cutting edge science news. An exciting read with lots of beautiful pictures, it will change how you look at the world around you.
Plants are in control, they create nutrients, help microbes (organisms only visible under the microscope) and choose how they use them, the more plants you grow and the more varied they are, the more fertile your soil, the more fertile it is the more microbes there are e.g.A teaspoon of soil can contain 10,000 to 100,000 green algae, billions of bacteria and several yards of fungi and lots more besides. There are still millions of different types of microbes waiting to be discovered and examined.
Teeming with microbes describes how plants need all the animals under the soil - bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protazoa, bugs, creepy crawlies, worms, moles (and even slugs) etc. A chapter is devoted to each organism, describing what they look like, what they do and how we can garden to encourage both larger quantities of them and the right balance. Different plants need a different balance. Microbes in the soil provide all the nutrients, the protection and right environment that plants need to flourish and be healthy but they are destroyed by things such as digging, ploughing, pesticides, weedkillers and chemical fertilisers, they are helped by compostings, compost teas, mulching and organic growing practices.
Exploration science with the microscope is now unearthing the amazing world beneath our feet and composting is cutting edge science!