Researcher digs the dirt on the prairie

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June 7, 2019 - 4:48 PM

WELDA ? To a worm, the soil is a world teeming with activity.

Intricate root systems deliver oxygen to help the soil breathe. Water flows over the thirsty roots. Tiny organisms create paths through the roots and dirt.

But go even smaller, too small to be seen by the naked eye, to the size of a carbon molecule. Become part of the root system. Observe the fungi and other microorganisms that search for organic material to recycle into carbon-rich nutrients. Form a partnership with the plant to protect it from disease or increase its ability to withstand drought.

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