Lucky Country: The Worms that Turned Around a Farm

Australia is known as the lucky country and you would certainly think that listening to Bruce and Heidi Davison. However, the story of this modest couple is not one of carefree serendipity but of diligence, thoughtfulness, and thrift. Their journey shows fortune benefits those who can link ecology to productivity by building biological capital and saving cash.

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Plant mycorrhizal status, but not type, shifts with latitude and elevation in Europe

Abstract Aim Identifying the factors that drive large-scale patterns of biotic interaction is fundamental for understanding how communities respond to changing environmental conditions. Mycorrhizal symbiosis is a key interaction between fungi and most vascular plants. Whether plants are obligately (OM) or facultatively (FM) mycorrhizal, and which mycorrhizal type they form – arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM), ectomycorrhizal (ECM), ericoid mycorrhizal (ERM) or non-mycorrhizal (NM) – can have strong implications for plant species distribution at the continental scale and on the responses of plants to environmental gradients.

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 4)

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 4) 09 FEBRUARY 2017In this instalment of Soil Therapy™ guidelines, I will continue to highlight the key characteristics and strategies relative to the minerals measured on your soil test. Here, we will consider sodium and sulfur. Sodium – Friend or Foe? Most growers think of sodium … Continue reading Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 4)

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 3)

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 3) 18 JANUARY 2017In this third instalment of the Soil Therapy™ guidelines, we will consider the major soil-sweetening cations, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Calcium (Ca) – The trucker of all minerals Key Roles Calcium is always the first mineral to correct in your soil, because it … Continue reading Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 3)

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 2)

Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 2) 12 JANUARY 2017In this segment, we will consider the two major minerals, nitrogen and phosphorus, in relation to your Soil Therapy™ report. The goal here is to clarify the key roles of these minerals, identify their ideal levels, and to offer some brief management strategies. … Continue reading Soil Therapy™ Guidelines – Understanding your Soil Report (Part 2)

It’s Cocktail Time! – The Amazing Potential of Engineered Biodiversity

It’s Cocktail Time! – The Amazing Potential of Engineered Biodiversity 27 AUGUST 2015The smart solution to the global warming challenge involves the recognition that soil carbon is king in the rescue equation. We could cut CO2 emissions by 100% tomorrow morning, but it would not save us. In 200 years’ time, the CO2in the atmosphere … Continue reading It’s Cocktail Time! – The Amazing Potential of Engineered Biodiversity