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Cterra understands that everything is connected. Healthy soil creates healthy food and healthy food creates healthy humans. The soil food web is the community of organisms living all or part of their lives in the soil. It describes a complex living system in the soil and how it interacts with the environment, plants, and animals. Food webs describe the transfer of energy between species in an ecosystem. By understanding the soil food web, you can grow larger and nutrient-rich foods, avoid plant diseases, and create inhospitable conditions for pests without using pesticides. Cterra soils and grower programs lead to lower fertilizer and pesticide expenses, better crop yields, lower risk of crop failures caused by disease or pests, and higher values for produce. All of this adds up to a stronger return on investment for growers and healthier produce to consumers. Learn more below with these short, entertaining, and informative videos below.

What is the soil food web

Discover how the soil food web works in harmony with plants to produce a number of benefits including: Increased Yields Protection from Pests and Diseases Reduced Irrigation Requirements No need for Fertilizers Weed Suppression Protection against Soil Erosion Carbon Sequestration Protection of Insects and Birds

The formation of structure

Beneficial bacteria produce glues that facilitate the formation of microaggregates – small clumps of Bacteria, organic matter and soil particles (sand, slit and clay). Fungal hyphae then bind these microaggregates together forming larger clumps, known as macroaggregates. As more materials are bound together, voids are created and structure is formed.

Nutrient Cycling

Nutrient cycling is the process by which beneficial microorganisms harvest nutrients from soil organic matter and also from the ‘parent material’.