Deforestation Robs Amazon Soil of Life

“We knew that if you cut the trees, the animals will disappear, but we didn’t know what happened to the microbes,” said Jorge Rodrigues, assistant professor of biology at University of Texas at Arlington and leader of the research team. “We showed for the first time, in the case of the Amazon, you would see losses of microbe species when moving land use from the forest to the pasture.”

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    More evidence that deforestation and stuff like rampant exploitation of land for feeding cattle (I presume that’s what...
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