Volume 93 Issue 41 | pp. 10-15
Issue Date: October 19, 2015

Cover Story

Night Crawler Chemistry

Scientists study what earthworms, the chemical engineers of the underground, are doing in the dirt
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Critter Chemistry, Life Sciences, Sustainability
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Environmental SCENE, Materials SCENE, Organic SCENE
Keywords: earthworm, ecology, environmental monitoring, toxicity, biocatalysis

This year is the International Year of Soils, so designated by the United Nations. Don’t worry if you didn’t know that. Many people don’t think about soil, or even know what it’s made up of or how its inhabitants are vital to its health—and by extension to our survival. What Leonardo da Vinci said some 500 years ago is still true today: “We know more about the movement of celestial . . .

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