Why is soil life important?
Many organisms, large and small, live in soil. They play an important role in soil structure, nutrient cycling, and carbon sequestration from the atmosphere. But that’s not all. Diverse soil life is the basis for biodiversity and therefore essential for the health and safety of planet Earth.
Earthworms, moles and other organisms are easy to see with the naked eye. Microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and protozoa, on the other hand, are not. Even nematodes are too small to see. Yet microorganisms are responsible for so many soil processes.