How many living microorganisms can you find in a handful of soil?
- More than 10 billion?
- Between 5000 and 10000 depending on the type of soil?
the correct answer is…
More than 10 billion…
Soil is a living organism: the decomposition processes are carried out by micro-organisms found in the earth. You can have more microorganisms (like bacteria, insects, spiders, worms, etc.) in a handful of soil than humans on the planet! Protecting and restoring soil health is therefore fundamental to safeguarding biodiversity.
SOURCE: European Commission, Mission area Soil health and food