March 2016

Beauty Is Only Screen Deep

Let’s briefly recap: Plants trap their valuable minerals and nutrients in a strong web of fibres. To digest those fibres, animals need the help of microbes. Fibre-eating microbes need help to stay happy and healthy. A healthy gut microbiome needs a healthy skin microbiome. The two are linked at either end. Skin microbes need shade …

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Fur, the love of microbes

Without the Sahara desert, the Amazon rain forest could not exist. Surprised? Apparently, it’s true. The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. Dust. Mighty desert winds sweep mineral-laden sand into the upper layers of the atmosphere. This dust gently settles over the Amazon basin, supplying important nutrients (especially phosphorous) to the poor soils …

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