Nematode Role In The Soil Food Web Nematodes are another important predator in the soil. They fall in the 3rd and 4th tropic level of the soil food web. There are 5 types of nematodes I look for while doing soil assessments: bacterial feeding (consume bacteria) fungal feeding (consume fungi) omnivores (eat both bacteria and … Continue reading Nematodes: Predator and Prey
The third tropic level of the soil food web are the shredders, predators, and grazers. Bacteria and fungal feeding nematodes, protozoa, arthropods fall into this level .This is where nutrients are made plant available! Protozoa's Role in the Soil Food Web We have learned that bacteria in the soil are the foundation of large food … Continue reading Protozoa: Amebae, Flagellates and Nutrient Cycling
Fungal hyphae growing from spore. 400x mag. Fungi play a very important role in the soil food web. The aerobic, filamentous hyphae act like a grocery delivery service for plants. A plant indicates what nutrients it needs and the fungi seek out those nutrients in the surrounding soil! The fungi is rewarded with plant exudates … Continue reading Fungi: The link in the soil
Soil Microbes: The Workhorses of the Nutrient Cycle These tiny organisms may not seem like much, but they are the foundation of the soil food web. Bacteria help build the structure of the soil and break down nutrients locked up in soil particles. Bacteria are a food source for higher level organisms. Bacterial dominated soils are usually … Continue reading Bacteria: The basic soil organism
Save yourself time and money by practicing no till/ no dig. Allow the biology in the soil to do the work for you.