Starting with a review of the physical chemical and biological indicators of soil health and their significance for monitoring the impacts of climate change this book then focuses on describing the role of soil structure ph organic matter nitrogen respiration and biota in sustaining the basic functions of soil ecosystems and their . The online soil biology primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity and air and water quality the primer includes chapters describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health and chapters about soil bacteria fungi protozoa nematodes arthropods and earthworms. In organic matter and other soil impacts of the climate crisis imperil a very basic human need to eat the health and vitality of soil everywhere from the smallest backyard garden to the largest midwestern farm plays an integral role in food production and its threatened by climate change soil health and the climate crisis. Soil health also referred to as soil quality is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants animals and humans this definition speaks to the importance of managing soils so they are sustainable for future generations. For their 19 year study published in the journal global change biology scientists dug roughly six feet down to compare soil carbon changes in conventional cover cropped and compost added plots of corn tomato and wheat fallow cropping systems they found that conventional soils neither release nor store much carbon
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