CBMA celebrates World Soil Day

CBMA celebrates World Soil Day

CBMA celebrates World Soil Day (December 5th) with the public exhibition “O solo não é só terra” (EN “Soil is not just land”), that aims to educate and raise awareness about the importance of soil in human life.

The initiative allows you to touch and see the diversity of soil organisms. It is also possible to observe, through the transparent Rhizotron structure, live plant roots in its soil and analyze the different surface horizons of the soil through soil cylinders.

This exhibition pays particular attention to CBMA’s nematodes research, the most abundant and diverse microscopic animals on the planet and which have many functions in key processes in terrestrial ecosystems. The activity of these animals helps to determine the proportion of carbon captured in organic matter and soil organisms in addition to what is emitted as carbon dioxide, which makes them bioindicators.

CBMA has ongoing research projects on soil functioning, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology, such as HANDLER and TREND, and has recently collaborated on a publication on nematodes in the reputed journal Nature.