Soil Organic Matter

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Soil is the site of a huge recycling operation, whereby dead organisms and organic waste products are broken down to component parts – molecules, ions, or elements subsequently available as sources of nutrients and energy to the living soil organisms. The laborers in this operation are primarily mesofauna (insects, earthworms, and other visible soil-dwelling creatures) and microorganisms including fungi and bacteria that use the organic material as their food source - and that eventually become fodder for the next generation of recyclers.
soil; organic matter; plant nutrition; plant agriculture
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Daniel Gimenez
Joe Heckman
Loren Muldowney
Stephanie Murphy
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension
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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences