Soil microbe diversity key for agriculture
The secret to more sustainable agriculture in the South West could lie in the use of diverse soil microbes found in bushland.
New research from CSIRO and Flinders University state, in hotter and dryer conditions, beneficial soil microbes highlighted the importance of soil health.
South West Catchment Council regional agriculture facilitator Peter Clifton said there are many unknowns in soil structure. “People are just coming to understand that microbes have a role in agriculture in terms of nutrients cycling and soil structure and disease suppression, and that they should be managing to improve microbial activity,” he said.
Microbes aid global carbon cycling, the decomposition of soil nutrients, increase plant productivity and regulate ecosystems.
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