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Animal life helps the soil

Collis, B. (1980) Animal life helps the soil. Western Farmer and Grazier, 24 April 1980. p. 55 [Publication] [Special Collections]


Farmers, in particular broadacre grain growers are becoming more aware of their land's soil quality. Problems such as salinity, erosion and soil compaction, according to University of Western Australia's soil biologist Professor Lex Parker and a former colleague Dr Ian Abbott (now with the Forests Department), rests with soil animal life. In a paper presented to a CSIRO soil seminar recently, Professor Parker said that soil animals such as earth worms could be the key to maintenance and possibly recovery of agricultural soils. Work done by Dr Abbott on soil animals found that soils under natural vegetation allowed little run-off, because the moisture soaked in. The water penetrated the soil through the many minute burrows made by insects and animals such as termites, ants, beetles, centipedes, millipedes and earthworms.

This article contains an image of Harry Perkins of Velcourt Farmers; Rodger Crossman of Dowerin; Irwin Barrett-Leonard of Wongan Hills; WA University soils science researcher Ann Hamblin and Narrogin Agriculture Department chief Tim Negus.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1980 Western Farmer and Grazier
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57036
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