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Hard-working soil provides year-round gifts

Ecosystem services of soil

Dec. 15, 2016 –  Plants need the nutrients of soil to grow. The Earth’s creatures need homes to live. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) December 15th Soils Matter blog post explains how soil provides these and other services.

Soils give gifts of provisioning, supporting, regulating, cultural significance“Just like water and air, soil provides ‘services’ to all life on earth, year round. It’s a gift from the soil to humanity,” write soil scientists Mary Stromberger and Nick Comerford.

Soil scientists summarize soil’s work as four distinct ecosystem services:

  • Supporting: Soil provides a home for a diverse blend of bacteria, fungi, and fauna. It also provides the nutrients and physical scaffold for plant support.
  • Regulating: Soil regulates air and water quality, helping with issues such as severe climate, flooding, and even disease.
  • Provisioning: From antibiotics to clay bricks, soil gives us resources for survival.
  • Cultural:  Pottery, dyes, paints, and more come from the soil.

Soils are the source and foundation of many ecosystem services. Without soils, there would be no life. That’s why the Soil Science Society of America’s tag line is Soils Sustain Life!

Read the entire blog post here.

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The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.