The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health
The Influence of Soil on Immune Health

Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.

Recent work in humans and mice highlights how exposure to environmental microbes helps protect against allergies and other inflammatory diseases.

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Life Rides the Wind in the Desert
Life Rides the Wind in the Desert
Ashley Yeager | Dec 1, 2019
As the afternoon breezes blow harder in the Atacama Desert—a place so desolate it’s used as a model of Mars—more microbes move into its driest regions.
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Eavesdropping on Soil Insects Could Aid Pest Management
Michael Graw | Nov 1, 2019
Insects in the soil are difficult to monitor, but listening in on the noises they make could help farmers detect pest infestations and improve estimates of biodiversity.
Fungus Found in Australian Soil Can Oxidize Gold
Fungus Found in Australian Soil Can Oxidize Gold
Kerry Grens | May 24, 2019
The chemical process may make the metal more soluble and move it closer to the Earth’s surface.
Australian Scientist and Her Sister Found Dead in Argentina
Australian Scientist and Her Sister Found Dead in Argentina
Ashley Yeager | Jan 28, 2019
The nephew of Lily Pereg, a microbial ecologist at the University of New England in Australia, has been arrested on homicide charges.
Even in the Bronze Age, Humans Altered Soil Chemistry
Even in the Bronze Age, Humans Altered Soil Chemistry
Kerry Grens | Jun 13, 2018
Ancient bones from Ireland reveal that farming has changed nitrogen composition in land for the last 3,000 years.
Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy
Gene Expression Analysis Gets Gassy
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018
Soil scientists use a gas-producing reporter system to assess gene activity in bacteria.
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Infographic: Gassy Genes
Ruth Williams | Jun 1, 2018

Soil scientists get bacteria to report on what their neighbors are up to.

USDA Emails: Don’t Use “Climate Change”
USDA Emails: Don’t Use “Climate Change”
Kerry Grens | Aug 8, 2017
The agency denies instructing staff to avoid particular terms.
Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops
Image of the Day: Riding on Raindrops
The Scientist Staff | Mar 13, 2017
A single raindrop falling on dry soil can spray a mist carrying thousands of microbes into the atmosphere.