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Colorado State University study shows enhancing soils’ biodiversity can improve human health

Staff reports

A Colorado State University study suggests soil biodiversity can improve human health.

The study was published Nov. 23 in “Nature” by Diana Wall, a CSU professor, and co-authors.

Wall and her co-authors suggest some alternative approaches to farming such as using cover cropping, agroforestry and conservation tillage. Those methods can improve nutrient supply, water infiltration and soil structure. Other approaches include integrated pest management and integrated soil fertility management, according to a press release.

Exposure to different microorganisms in soil reduces the prevalence of allergies, research suggests.

“We need to protect the life below ground since it’s the health of humans that is ultimately affected,” Wall said in the release.

— Staff reports


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