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International research effort maps global distribution of soil nematodes

International research effort maps global distribution of soil nematodes

Nematodes on a plant root (c) James Hutton Institute
"This study provides insight into the functional composition of global nematode populations and thus provides key baseline data to measure the impacts of climate change”
Nematodes on a plant root (c) James Hutton Institute

Ground-breaking research into the soil beneath our feet, just published in the journal Nature, transforms current understanding of life on land by revealing that the world’s largest animal populations are found in high-latitude sub-arctic soils.

Scientists at the James Hutton Institute have contributed to a study which maps the global distribution of soil nematodes. These tiny creatures make up an estimated four-fifths of all terrestrial animals and play a critical role in soil nutrient cycling, plant growth and the climate.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute