GardenDrumSoil biota holds key to terrestrial ecosystems

GardenDrum lovely loam soil with earthworm

A new research paper, published in Nature, explains how the the soil biota, including burrowing animals, fungi, bacteria, earthworms and ants shapes the terrestrial ecosystem above it, and how it will respond to climate change.

Professor Richard Bardgett, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, says that there are estimates that up to 25% of all living organisms are in our soils but that we have a very limited understanding of what they are, and what they do.

His new paper, with Wim van der Putten, Belowground biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, explores our soils. Listen as he explains more….

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