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Jackie Stroud
former NERC Soil Security Fellow studying , and sharing my research.
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Jackie Stroud 5h
In the UK dunged/urine patches have more grass growth within the field. Foxes can catch 1 lob worm per minute but avoid these patches cos can’t hunt effectively in longer grass. They predate worms on the patch boundaries. So can get worm hotspots (rather than even spreading)
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Jackie Stroud Feb 20
We use a garden fork for worm sampling cos spades chop too many in half!!
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Jackie Stroud Feb 18
Replying to @crawfordjohnw
It’s a sign of the times, pretend to be perfect because failure (by metrics) is extinction. If we move to a learning mindset then experiences of what works and what doesn’t are equally valuable, and the more connected the network the faster we progress....
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Jackie Stroud Feb 18
Replying to @anorthagro @RTKfarmer
I read that book and learned all sorts!
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John Kempf Feb 18
. shared an intriguing thread regarding the rift between academia and growers. In the spirit of building bridges over the rift, and engaging in civil discourse, a few thoughts and questions have come to mind:
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Jackie Stroud Feb 18
Replying to @davecurtis314
BioTech scientists are disconnected from society that is why Crispr has been used on people. Vested interests in Crispr mean paper publications cause a stock market reaction. Genetic science has been undermining people since the 1970s, for profit:
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Jackie Stroud Feb 18
Replying to @NDSUsoilhealth
Absolutely! Working together is key
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David White 🇬🇧+🇪🇺 Feb 18
April 5th last year and today. Third lot of vegetation being consumed. Nature’s subsoilers
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Jackie Stroud Feb 10
Replying to @Tom_Clarke
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Jackie Stroud Feb 10
Replying to @Tom_Clarke
Its a misunderstanding of evolution+ecologists short timescales. Earthworms, ants & termites are ecosystem engineers. They benefit some plants & animals (co-evolution), but not all plants & animals (biodiversity). Nature is a self-organising system. We have co-evolved with dogs..
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Jackie Stroud Feb 5
It’s raining worms down under! Rescued from my porch water collection bucket, my first Australian worm.
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Angus Gowthorpe Feb 5
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David White 🇬🇧+🇪🇺 Feb 4
Had a fantastic visit to Lamport trials today. This is a no cc plot, the worms were doing a great job on the residue.
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Jackie Stroud Feb 4
People misunderstand role of microbes that produce & consume gasses. Worms influence microbes, that’s all paper says. Soil pH optimal? If not = microbes cause air pollution. Globally farmland soils acidifying to produce loss making commodities. Cheap food is costly....
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Farmer w/o portfolio Esq Feb 4
Worms have really turned over the top inch of this field.
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Jackie Stroud Feb 4
DEFRA defunded agri-environmental science. Soil health rhetoric for agri-business profit. Worms influence the production & consumption of gasses by microbes. Trees are not climate saviours because colonised by microbes. Land microbes 10^29= 100000000000000000000000000000.
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Jackie Stroud Jan 23
I’ve given plenty of talks to gardening associations as there is a big interest in worms so it’s definitely possible
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Jackie Stroud Jan 23
Replying to @WhiteWaterfield
Here is the reference:
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Jackie Stroud Jan 23
Replying to @WhiteWaterfield
Not exactly... Researchers called for a change to work more closely with farmers in 1993. DEFRA responded by privatising agricultural knowledge & information systems. It’s just year after year of redundancies...
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Jackie Stroud Jan 23
Bit disparaging about earthworms, and optimistic about 10^29 infinite microbes. Always interesting to read others opinions though:
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