The soil microbiome: a ticking time bomb for climate change

Written by Tristan Free

The soil microbiome is the most diverse microbial ecosystem on the planet. There are billions of microbial cells in just a teaspoon of soil and less than 10% of these microbes have been isolated and characterized. Only now are researchers beginning to understand the enormity of the biochemical potential in the soil microbiome and the more that they uncover the clearer it becomes that this ecosystem is a sleeping giant of CO2 emissions, one that human behavior is beginning to wake… Here BioTechniques talks to microbiome expert Janet Jansson about the carbon density of the soil microbiomes around the world,...

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