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Agro-chemicals destroy soil microbial biodiversity

Probiotics, usually discussed in health and diet, take a new form in a study led by researchers from the University of Missouri. In their study, published in the journal Agroforestry Systems, they revealed that probiotics could be used to enhance soil quality.  Agricultural practices greatly impact the soil biota – the clearing of land for farmland alone significantly affects the species of organisms in the soil. Coupled with the use of chemicals over the past few decades, this has led to improved land productivity as soil constraints have been overcome. However, this has led to severely negative outcomes for both the environment and soil diversity.  Read more...



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