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Tillage Proves Most Damaging Factor to Beneficial Fungi in Soil

Soils act as vast reservoirs for the Earth's carbon, and even a minor alteration in the soil's carbon content can have a profound effect on the stability of our atmosphere. Scientists have recently recognized the substantial carbon storage capacity within soil fungal networks, particularly the mycorrhizal mycelial network. Up to 36% of annual global carbon emissions are stored within this network.
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Interseeding Diverse Cover Crops Builds Beneficial Insect Populations

Entomologist Mike Bredeson shares insights on how no-tillers can increase insect diversity by interseeding cover crops into cash crops.
When it comes to interseeding cover crops, growers should think about designing their agricultural ecosystems — including insects, microorganisms, bacteria and fungi — to make them function to the best of their ability, according to Mike Bredeson, a Grove City, Minn.-based entomologist with the Ecdysis Foundation.
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