The Soil Food Web

How our lives depend on microscopic creatures.

The Soil Food Web

What is the difference between thriving soil and lifeless dust? Without millions of tiny helpers, soil as we know it would not exist.

In fact, one teaspoon of soil contains over 100,000,000 bacteria, 1,000,000 fungi, not to mention masses of protozoa, nematodes, arthropods and earthworms. No wonder we gardeners aren’t obsessive about germs!

Soil microbes and invertebrates are critical in turning simple sand, silt and clay into what we know as soil. They form t...

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