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The Way Soil Organisms Look Can Help Us Understand Their Importance. Frontiers for young minds.

Abstract : There is a multitude of life forms on our planet. This is especially true under our feet, in the soil. Earthworms, spiders, and millipedes are only a few examples of the vast number of soil organisms. Once you look what lives in soils, you realize the tremendous diversity of shapes and colors. But what if we take the time to describe all their characteristics: color, size, shape, number of legs, type of wings, lifespan, and climate preferences? All these characteristics, called traits, help us to understand what types of organisms can be found in a particular ecosystem, what they feed on, and how far they can travel. Scientists use this information to understand the different roles of organisms in soils, and to restore degraded soils. Analyzing traits can reveal the importance of soil organisms and the fundamental roles they play for human societies.
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Pierre Ganault, Léa Beaumelle, Apolline Auclerc. The Way Soil Organisms Look Can Help Us Understand Their Importance. Frontiers for young minds.. Frontiers for Young Minds, Frontiers Media, 2021, 9, pp.562430. ⟨10.3389/frym.2021.562430⟩. ⟨hal-03195881⟩

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