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Worming their way into soil's favour

(1984) Worming their way into soil's favour. The Countryman, 3 May 1984. p. 9 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Emeritus Professor Lex Parker of the University of Western Australia says worms, ants and other soil animals could have a major role in combating soil degradation on Australian farms. Wheeled implements had compacted many agricultural soils to a depth of 30cm or more, but their worm holes went deeper. Results have shown that the presence of soil animal holes had a dramatic effect on water penetration. At Lake Carmody, it was shown that water penetration was 13 times slower on cultivated land compared to virgin land. Professor Parker suggested that in the Western Australian wheatbelt conditions, termites could be even more important that worms as soil renovators.

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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: ©1984 The Countryman
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58722
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