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Lifestyles of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi



Examples of AM fungi hyphae (a, c) and
vesicles (b, d) in corn (a, b) and prairie roots (c, d).
Image from Bach et al. 2018, Ecology


By: Elizabeth Bach, Executive Director, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

 

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Major threats to soil ecosystems from a combination of invasive species and climate change



An Isotomurus springtail species. Alien species
like these have, on average, greater resistance
to high temperatures than their indigenous counterparts.
Image: ChownLab, Monash University.


By Charlene Janion-Scheepers, Monash University, Australia

 

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Digging for data gold in soil

By Kathe Todd-Brown, USA @KatheMathBio

 

I’ll frequently hear my field and lab colleagues disparaging their data sets: “Oh this core is constantly giving high values for no reason!” or “We just couldn’t get any methane out of this core, and then we found a rock.” As a researcher, you know all the warts of your own data set and it’s sometimes hard to see the gold underneath.

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