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Soil‑microbe systems are self‑organising states

Posted by Peter Donovan 2 weeks, 3 days ago in policy and framing /

by Susan Cousineau

(Instagram @susan.cousineau)
Neal, A. L., Bacq-Labreuil, A., Zhang, X., Clark, I. M., Coleman, K., Mooney, S. J., Ritz, K., & Crawford, J. W. (2020). Soil as an extended composite phenotype of the microbial metagenome. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 10649. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67631-0
 
This paper was a really dense read, but in a nutshell establishes soil as a self-organizing system derived from the interplay of microbial genetics (not just the whole organisms) and soil characteristics, rather than a reducible, mechanical system of many parts. While that may at first glance seem kind of self-evident, here's the peer-reviewed science to back it up.
 
The authors determined that the soil isn't just influenced by microbes; and microbial populations aren't just influenced by soil type, structure, soil organic matter, and so on.


Abe Collins: hiring farmers to grow deep topsoil watersheds

Posted by Peter Donovan 4 months, 4 weeks ago in policy and framing /

Abe Collins presented at the Grassfed Exchange in February 2018 on Landstream. A great presentation.



Wilson County, Kansas: Infiltration opportunity

Posted by Peter Donovan 10 months ago in policy and framing /

"Conservation Matters" from the Wilson County Citizen (Fredonia, Kansas)



Reflections on carbon and climate from California

Posted by Peter Donovan 1 year, 3 months ago in policy and framing /

The stories we tell ourselves have consequences.



Kaweah Oaks workshops, Jan 17-19 2019

Posted by Peter Donovan 1 year, 6 months ago in policy and framing /

Tulare County, California: 4th module of Sequoia Riverlands Trust Earth Academy with students from Monache, Lindsay, Wood Lake, Mission Oak, Eleanor Roosevelt

Workshops: Didi Pershouse and I, with Sam Weiser, Bud Darwin, and Dana Everhart from Sequoia Riverlands Trust coached the students (along with some adults) with some basic hands-on demos of soil health and watershed function, such as a flour vs bread demo, slake test, water infiltration, and a tabletop rainfall simulator. For a closing, we asked what new questions the participants had -- and we did not attempt to answer them. The following is a transcription of what I heard, rearranged a bit.