A recurring post on this blog, Soil in the Headlines, collects a few of the ways soil is featuring in our lives and in our news.
Japan tries to contain 133,000 tons of Fukushima’s radioactive soil
According to Japanese Daily Press, the Japanese government earmarked $970 million to store soil contaminated by Fukushima’s nuclear energy plant disaster. With the soil collected and money set aside to store it, the next question is, who wants to have a radioactive soil containment facility in their backyard? So far, no one is volunteering.
Soil microbe displays intriguing and potentially useful growth patterns
A recently published article in PLOS ONE describes a soil bacteria’s response to physical change in its surroundings. The bactieria, Bacillus mycoides, reorganized themselves into growth patterned around physical obstructions in their environment. Beyond the, “ooo, neat!” factor, this new knowledge of the bacteria may be useful for Continue reading