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Soil Biology Symposium

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Data presented showed that farm practices that have a positive impact on soil biology include no-till, effective crop sequencing (rotations), lime applications and building up soil carbon... Soil microbiologist Dr Lori Phillips of the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) says there are direct links between the microbes that release nitrogen from crop residues and soil sources, and the microbes that convert fertiliser nitrogen to crop-available nitrogen... In related research, the University of Western Australia's Professor Dan Murphy said his work had shown that organic molecules released from plant roots had more influence on the microbes that can retain (immobilise) nitrogen than soil organic carbon levels...