International Sugar Journal

Soil biological health—what is it and how can we improve it?* [Full subscriber]

Abstract Soil biological health is a topic of great interest to sugarcane growers, although there is confusion as to what constitutes soil health. Many growers and consultants are unaware that beneficial organisms, rather than pathogens and pests, dominate the biological community in a healthy soil. Considering the vast diversity of soil organisms and their complex interactions, it is unsurprising that there is limited knowledge about how farming practices precisely impact on soil biological health, and how biological health can be achieved. The former Sugar Yield Decline Joint Venture (SYDJV) and subsequent activities have demonstrated that soil biological health represents a…

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