Nov 15 2022
What is the Soil Food Web? Let’s find out by looking at the organisms and microorganisms that make it up! ✅ Find out more about Soil Food Web 👉 https://bit.ly/3xy7NN3
The four major groups of microorganisms in the Soil Food Web are bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. When in balance, these microorganisms act as nature’s operating system: they interact with each other and with plants to create abundant ecosystems. With a balanced biome in place, the soil can give plants all the nutrients they need, protect them from pests and diseases, provide resilience against drought and flooding…and even reduce the effects of climate change!
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