Posts made in February 7th, 2013

Ecosystem Services 2: Healthy Soils

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Conservation | 0 comments

Ecosystem Services concern the free benefits humans derive from the natural world. Scientists have recently begun to evaluate their relative financial value to humankind, especially as ecosystems are modified and degrade and can no longer provide their original functions: Humans are dependent on healthy soils for nutrition: Microbes, invertebrates and vertebrates break down organic matter to provide soil structure, rich humus content, drainage, water up-take and nutrient release. Roots stabilise soils, facilitate mineralisation, including biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) and...

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