How do soil microbes affect soil health and nutrient availability?

Soil is essential to life. That’s why we hear more every day about the microbes that inhabit soil1. What many don’t realize, however, is that those microbes are related to the emerging field of “soil health.” Microbes also affect how soils are tested in laboratories. This topic has captured the attention of farmers, scientists and […]


  1. At this time, the internal human microbiome is emerging as a major theme in medical research. Researchers are predicting targeted microbial therapies in the future to increase one microbe or another for whatever condition, but currently my own feeling is that we need lots of many of them. Fortunately, those of us who work in healthy soil and with farm animals are just teeming with them.
    But we really are one with the soil in this sense.


    1. Yes, I’m quite interested in that subject too. I’ve read Dr. Natasha Campbell Mcbrides “GAPS” and Dr. Perlmutter’s “Brain Maker” on the subject, and have seen two articles about Mycobacterium vaccae ( a soil dwelling bacteria) and its ability to improve states of depression, reportedly, as well or better than Prozac. Any recommendations on other areas or books to look into? I find it fascinating.


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