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The Science of Soil Health: Mimicking Nature in the Lab

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Published on Apr 17, 2015

Through his observations as a farmer, Rick Haney became a big fan of the way nature does things. As a scientist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, his entire research program has been modeled on “how does nature do it, and can we mimic it in the lab?”

Advances in analysis technologies have allowed Haney to develop a set of soil tests that get a more accurate picture of what plant roots experience—not just in chemical terms but also in biological terms.

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