What makes heathy soil? In caring for houseplants, we also make a home for microorganisms which play an important ecological role in our plants’ (and our own) health. These resources are organized based on author name rather than topic, though I hope the brief description provided help direct your reading.
Amaranthus, Mike and Bruce Allyn. “Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People”. The Atlantic Health.
Healthy soil around us can have impacts on our own health; in our digestive system, we have all kinds of microorganisms that benefit us.
Hoorman, James J. “Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling”. Ohio State University Extension.
Summary of the soil cycle, implications for agriculture. Introduction of microbes and roles in soil.
Johns, Christopher. “Living Soils: The Role of Microorganisms in Soil Health”
Jacoby, Richard et al. “The Role of Soil Microorganisms in Plant Mineral Nutrition…”
A strong relationship between plants and microorganisms is necessary for healthy plants and soil. The presence of beneficial microorganisms benefit plants in several ways, ultimately helping ward off pathogens and helping plants absorb nutrients. In turn, our plants provide specific conditions that help certain beneficial microorganisms survive. Ignoring these relationships is bad for us, as we waste time and resources doing the work soil microorganisms are already doing.
Magdoff, Fred and Harold van Es. “Building Soils for Better Crops”. SARE, 2010.
Mycorrhizal Applications Research Pages
Fungi are a crucial class of organisms that have positive (symbiotic) relationships with plants. You may have noticed the fruiting bodies of fungi emerging from your plant pots after watering: this is a sign of healthy soil. More information about MA and their research/work can be found on their website.
USDA “Soil Health” article and information pages
Good primer to soil science topics.