If You Like Volcanic Wine, Thank Fungi
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Each teaspoon of dirt is teeming with millions and millions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. These microbes, particularly fungi, made it possible for plants to evolve to inhabit a once inhospitable Earth some 500 million years ago. Fast forward to today, and they still play a vital role in plant life. 'One we've only just begun to understand,' says David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology.
Each teaspoon of dirt is teeming with millions and millions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes...
Volcanic soils, despite lacking organic matter and nutrients, manage to produce some of the most coveted wines in the world. Emerging science suggests that the microbes in these soils make this possible. 'Volcanic soil is a vague term because all of the rocks on the earth's surface, whether they be sedimentary or metamorphic, have been derived from volcanic rocks,' says Robert White, professor emeritus of agriculture and food and ecosystem sciences.
Volcanic soil is a vague term because all of the rocks on the earth's surface, whether they be sedimentary or metamorphic, have been derived from volcanic rocks...
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