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Complex mixture of inorganic minerals (i.e., mostly clay, silt, and sand), decaying organic matter, water, air, and living organisms.

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Soil Management

Good management of soils assures that mineral elements do not become deficient or toxic to plants, and that appropriate mineral elements enter the food chain.



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There’s a Party Going On in That Soil!

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Professor Sabine Grunwald co-edits new book that offers appreciation of soil across cultures

Mike LoizzoOctober 19th, 2023Sabine Grunwald, Professor of Pedometrics, Landscape Analysis, and GIS, in the UF/IFAS Department of Soil, Water, and Ecosystem Sciences, says soil has been taken for granted globally. She hopes Cultural Understanding of Soils: The Importance of Cultural Diversity and of the Inner World, a new book published by Springer Nature, promotes intercultural literacy. The editors’ […]

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