Nematode extractions

Why do a nematode extraction? Diversity assessment:To figure out what nematode diversity is in the soil or compost.Within the first 24-48h the free living, free swimming nematodes will be extracted. Root feeding nematodes are bound to the root environment, move much shorter distance and won’t generally cover the distances within this early time span.Keep theContinue reading “Nematode extractions”

Biodiverse soil ecosystems: Nematodes and their feeding habits

Meet a compex soil ecosystem, with nematodes from different trophic levels.
Reflections on methodology of the microscopic soil food web assessments in biodiversity rich vs empoverished soils.

A Christmas puzzle

Do you ever get soil samples and have no idea what the plants were like, what health concerns there might be, what the growing conditions would have been?

What can we glean from just a soil sample and the soil food web in it?

What questions does this pose, and can we judge from the soil alone which plants grew best?

Spore printing for mushroom identification

This year we have fewer autumn colours as so many drought-stressed trees in a bid for survival economised on their water use by dropping their leaves early without dressing themselves in the yellows, oranges and reds.But now, here in the UK, those with deep roots are putting on an end-of-season display, and we have hadContinue reading “Spore printing for mushroom identification”