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Month: July 2013

Sustainable Farming in Latin America

Sustainable Farming in Latin America Coffee farms that use sustainable farming techniques are becoming habitats for various species of wildlife. Using tags on the endangered species like the Columbian night Monkey, has shown that they come out of the trees at night and feed on the edges of coffee farms. All in all the researchers…

Microbial Decomposition of Arctic Soils

Microbial Decomposition of Arctic Soils   This article discusses ongoing arctic research, specifically research into the interaction of plants and soil microbes in the quickly changing arctic region. It is well known that there is a large amount of carbon sequestered in frozen Arctic soils. As the Arctic starts to warm what will happen to…

Crop rotation and the role of microorganisms

Crop rotation has been used effectively  for centuries; however, this is the first article that I have seen that discusses the changes in the microorganisms in the soil as a result of the rotation. It’s probably not surprising that the organisms changed. What surprised me was that with the wheat the soil microorganisms were mostly…

Research into the evolution of Microbial Communities

Research into the evolution of Microbial Communities Excellent article about the formation of microbial communities. Particularly valuable for soil research, this study uses glacier retreat as its setting. Its interesting to note that while the types of microorganisms found remained fairly constant, the biomass of the microbial community increased greatly over time. This is likely due…