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”
Building a new hot compost pile in the company of curious, fun, disciplined and inspiring Alexander von Humboldt. Not sure he is responsible, but surely affirming in trying some soil biology experiments…
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.
Looking after our health whilst completing microscopy work is essential for enjoyment, quality output and sustainability of our work.
Learn about finding a good fit between our equipment, environment and our needs.
Finding about tiny worms, similar to earthworms in some behaviours and effects, but in different niches
First impressions of Peter McCoy’s in-depth introduction to the world of fungi
Making compost is a bit like making cake – a cup is a good measure, and we need to get the mix of ingredients right. If it goes well, is smells good, and is delicious (OK, this may be stretching the metaphor too far…)
Ever struggled to estimate the length of an organism under the microscope?
Here are a couple of techniques that don’t just rely on eyeballing….
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?
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”