David Johnson, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at New Mexico State University, recently released this informative presentation about the importance of proper fungal:bacteria ratios and how this indicator is more indicative of production potential of the soil than even organic matter. He also explains how to build compost bins to create compost with good fungal: bacteria ratios as well as the results he’s captured from his research on the dry and compost tea application of this compost. Lastly, he takes a look at the potential for carbon sequestration in soils that have the right fungal:bacteria ratios and how this method compares to other carbon sequestration strategies being considered by utility companies who must begin to mitigate their carbon emissions. A fascinating and accessible read for anyone although the information does focus on research done in New Mexico.
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