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Plant biodiversity supports soil microbial communities and sustainable agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture Scientific Article

Artichle: Plant biodiversity promotes sustainable agriculture directly and via belowground effects

Authors: Cappelli, Seraina et al.

Publication: Trends in Plant Science

Year: 2022

Plant diveristy is known to have a positive effect on the functioning of ecosystems. However, it is unclear how much of the effects are due to soil microbes.

This publication brings together current knowledge on the connections between plant diversity, soil microbes, and ecosystems. The study states that plant diversity increases microbial diversity – and that both above- and below-ground diversity can be used to improve and maintain the sustainability of agricultural ecosystems.

There are still knowledge gaps regarding the interaction between plants and soil microbes in different environments, as well as how agricultural practices affect the relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

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