n Farmer’s Weekly - The wonderful soil food web - vegetable production

Volume 2018 Number 18026
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



Because most soil organisms are microscopic, they don’t get the attention they deserve. Yet a teaspoon of good soil may contain a billion bacteria of thousands of species. The proportion of bacteria, fungi, actinomycetes, protozoa, nematodes and other microorganisms varies according to prevailing conditions even if their total biomass remains the same. Soil cultivation reduces the fungi:bacteria ratio. All of these organisms have an important role to play. Think of compost; many of the organisms responsible for breaking down raw organic matter in the soil are the same as those operating in a compost pile.

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