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Soil Biology Primer

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An online textbook published by the USDA National Resources Conservation Service.  A great resource for teaching about soil fertility.The Soil Biology Primer is an introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air and water quality. The Primer includes units describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health, and units about bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms. It is suitable for a broad audience... More
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Material Type: Open Textbook
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: May 09, 2010
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 15, 2016
Submitter: Julia Metzker
Keywords: agriculture, food web, nutrient cycles, biology, soil


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division
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Language: English
Material Version: 2nd Edition
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Avatar for Kymberlee Advani
4 years ago

Kymberlee Advani (Student)

It is great to know that a text that can be expensive is provided online. It is a great informational text about soil. I did not read all of it but skimmed through the chapters. THis is something I will want to use as a useful material in my classroom when teaching students about soil. Students will be able to have this resource available to them at home and at the same time I can have students learn about soil on the computer. It is interactive and beneficial for students. It is perfect because the chapters online point out key points that should be known. The website also provides the information of the text if interested in purchasing.

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Very effective and easy to get around.  The sup topics are available. The left side provides a tab for the chapters/concepts as well as the top.

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes

Avatar for Claudio García Salazar
5 years ago

Claudio García Salazar (Faculty)

Buen material a utilizar como manual, bastante pedagógico, sencillo, directo y buenas imágenes explicativas.

Artículo con un apropiado lenguaje técnico y que puede ser aplicado a condiciones locales y que puede ser interpretado y adaptado para usarlo en el aprendizaje en el aula.

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Avatar for monica soto
5 years ago

monica soto (Faculty)

Aporta  ejemplos  y fotografías  más el contenido científico adecuado, apropiado para trabajar en aula. Entrega información   que apoya  las descripciones locales,  de la actividad biológica del suelo.

Fácil de  trasladarse de un capítulo a otro

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