Secrets of the Soil

2/20/2012; 89 minutes

Learn how the hidden world just beneath the surface could hold the key to our climate and and energy future. Eoin Brodie explores how shifting rainfall patterns affect the soil and the carbon cycle. Janet Jansson looks at the potential of microbes in the soil to lead to better biofuels or to help scientists understand the planet's carbon cycle. Margaret Torn examines what will happen to the carbon in soil as the climate changes. Trent Northen explores how soil microbes adapt to extreme environments. Moderated by John Harte, who holds a joint professorship in the Energy and Resources Group and the Ecosystem Sciences Division of UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resources. (#23269)

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